Blog Archive - September 2009
September 15, 2009
I did it today – got my flu shot. Since I am the only employee of nanobugs, inc. there is no formal influenza vaccination program. One of my part-time job employers notified me that they would reimburse me up to $25 if I got a flu shot. I decided to go to Walgreen’s for my vaccination. They advertised that you can make an appointment or walk in. I needed some items from the store anyway and so it was a very convenient – I could multi-task a trip to Walgreen’s. Even though there were many customers in the store at 11 AM on a Tuesday, the process was well-planned and executed. I filled out the usual form in the pharmacy at window #1 and paid at window #2 and the pharmacist gave the injection at window #3 as I sat on a stool and put my arm up on the counter. It worked well for me but might have been an uncomfortable position for an elderly person. The cost was $24.95 and I received documentation of the vaccination and a payment receipt. I spent the suggested 5 additional minutes in the store to insure that “if I had a reaction, the Pharmacist would be available to treat it”. That was a good way to put it, I thought.
Advice from CDC: take time to get a flu shot. Evidentially, the reason given my many people for not getting vaccinated is the time issue as well as access if your employer doesn’t offer the shots. Well, here is a nice program at the local drug store to overcome those obstacles -unless you are intentional about neglecting vaccination and will find any excuse to avoid the shot….then I could suggest the nasal route of administration with FluMist. That is offered, too.
I am off to bed early tonight. It is my tradition to follow the vaccination with a good night’s sleep. Knowing that the immune system works best when the body is sleeping, I hope to get the antibody production off to a good start tonight.