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Sugar Bribes for Flu Shots

By November 4, 2008

I took my kids for their flu shots this morning.

The CDC states that a yearly flu vaccination is the single best way to protect against getting the flu. It is available for anyone who wants to avoid getting the flu, but is recommended for people who are at higher risk of flu complications, including children ages 6 months through 19 years, people with weakened immune systems (including pregnant women) or chronic medical conditions, elderly people, and health care workers or home caregivers.

Try explaining that to a 4-year-old. One- and 2-year-olds don't really know what's coming until it hits them. Three-year-olds don't remember the sting of a needle, and you can convince them that they're really brave. But you can't fool a 4-year-old. Good thing we still had those Halloween candies (which I wisely stuffed into my purse as we headed out to the doctor's office).

So much for dental health.

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