This post is sponsored by Walgreens. All opinions are my own. 

Winter hasn’t even started yet and we have already had illness hit our family.

My little girl was at the doctor for over 2 hours trying to get her wheezing and coughing under control. Now we have to do breathing treatments through the nebulizer every 4 hours, she’s on an oral steroid, and she has another medication to take daily throughout the season.

A simple cold from one person makes all of this happen to my little girl, but I am SO thankful that we can go to the doctor and get medicine as needed. As I was at the pharmacy waiting for medicine that would have cost me $500 without insurance, I was thinking of Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign, a partnership with The United Nation’s Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® allows you to make a world of difference and help your family! For every immunization administered, Walgreens will donate a lifesaving vaccine to children in a developing country.*

000010036-112_ENGDangerous diseases can be prevented with a lifesaving vaccine. In our country, vaccines are a valued option whereas in developing countries, mothers don’t even have the option or choice to give a vaccine because it isn’t affordable or available.

With Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® program, YOU can get the flu shot, and CHILDREN in developing countries will also get a life-saving vaccine! It is a win-win to me!

It isn’t too late to participate, and you may not even have to wait until payday – with most insurance, a flu shot has a $0 copay. If you haven’t yet, you really should get your flu shot at Walgreens, and be healthy for the holidays!

Halloween is not a huge holiday in our house, but my daughter was so worried she would miss it due to her illness. Can you imagine missing out on Thanksgiving or Christmas because you had the flu? You’ll be saving your holiday and possibly a child’s life!

Watch this powerful video to find out more about the Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign.

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I must admit before my daughter got sick, I kept thinking, “Oh, I will get a flu shot later.” Now that I see how a small cold has wiped her out, I am getting myself one for her sake and mine! EVERYONE should get a shot regardless as it is the best protection against the flu. If you are 50 years or older, have young children, or are susceptible to illness, you REALLY should not delay this.

Do not be one of the ones who are reactive and wait to get your flu shot once there’s an outbreak around you. Stay healthy for the upcoming holiday season, get a flu shot and help others in need!

* From July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, for every immunization administered, Walgreens will donate $0.18 to the United Nations Foundation, up to a maximum donation of $2,000,000. For more information, go to Walgreens.com/GetaShot.

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