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Do you bring an audience when you get your flu shot?

Uploaded: Oct 13, 2015
Yesterday I went to the pharmacy to quickly pick up a prescription. I'm lucky that my kids generally tolerate this errand if we pass by the toy section on our way out of the store.

Not only was there no line at the pharmacy, but my kids were quite content. So I quickly decided to take advantage of the situation and also get my flu shot. No point coming back to the pharmacy on a day when I would surely have to wait in line while also trying to calm one or two energetic kids.

I was surprised by how curious my kids were about my flu shot. Both watched as the pharmacist came out, wiped a section of my arm, and gave me the shot. I'm sure they were also watching my reaction.

I doubt this experience will make their flu shots hurt any less this year. But I hope it helps our son remember that we all, parents and kids, have to deal with unpleasant experiences. And sometimes it's best to just deal with them and move on.
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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Oct 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

We managed to find a pediatrician with amazing technique, painless shots. I tag along and get my flu shot during ped appts. (They are allowed to vax adults.) We didnt always have this experience, the first ped had a nurse who made DC scream and caused bruising. We lucked out when we switched, better doc and painless shots.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Resident - Great to know! Yes, the right doctor and nurse can make all the difference.


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Posted by Bunyip, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Oct 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

@resident - agree, scary nurses and their bad shots are terrible. Warm and friendly pediatricians with their gifted abilities are so much better. Ridiculous.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Bunyip - Thanks for commenting. It's nice when the shot is less painful than expected - regardless of whether it was given by a nurse or a pediatrician.


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