SDM Flu Shot

Did You Get Caught By The Flu This Season? {Plus A Giveaway!}

Well, we’re almost at the finish line and, knock on wood, we haven’t had any major sickness in our house to date this flu season. Is it just around the corner? Maybe, but I’m staying confident in my belief that this year’s flu shot is going to do its job and keep us from missing out on hockey, ballet, skating, sledding, baseball and everything else in between.

The truth is that I got so sick last year that I completely changed my lackadaisical behaviour when it comes to flu prevention. Getting the shot was one step but I have become obsessive about things such as hand washing, cleaning my workstation and germs in general. Besides, it’s hard to teach your children the importance of clean living when you yourself don’t follow your own advice. One thing I will caution you against, however, is using google to look up how many germs are out there and where they like to hang out the most… No, seriously, don’t do it!

Throughout this Shoppers Drug Mart flu shot campaign, I have received a number of comments on both sides of the fence about whether or not you should get the flu shot for you and your family but there is only one fact that matters to me. As I discussed in the post about Flu Shot Myths, getting the flu shot will not make you sick and even if it only gives you a slight advantage of not getting sick this winter, I am going to take any advantage I can get.

That said, there is still time to get out to your local Shoppers Drug Mart to get your flu vaccination. If you think reaching February means you are safe, you need to think again!


Now, because you are all so amazing, I am going to be giving away a Cold & Flu Prize Pack which includes a $100 gift card from Shoppers Drug Mart! This should get you through any sniffles you may come across during flu season and prevent you from having to reuse tissues… This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

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253 replies
  1. Amy Heffernan
    Amy Heffernan says:

    Yip we all got it once so far. Thought we were all going to die especially my sookey husband. LOL He is worse than my kids!! We took buckleys!

  2. jeannine glen
    jeannine glen says:

    had a cold for a few days. took lots of vitamin c and drank lots of orange juice, washed hands often. stayed inside and it was gone. thank god it was bad.

  3. Amanda m
    Amanda m says:

    Not only did we avoid the flu ( we all got our flu shots as soon as available) the whole house hasnt even had a cold this year!

  4. jay nelson
    jay nelson says:

    No flu – good hygiene and the vaccine. However the flu season has not ended yet and seems to be starting up in some communities.

  5. Jared S Denison
    Jared S Denison says:

    I made sure I washed my hands, and that I took vitamin C daily, and coughed into my sleeve to avoid spreading germs around.

  6. Nicole B
    Nicole B says:

    Despite our best efforts we got the flu this past week. First the five year old then the two year old. It wasn’t as bad as years past though.

  7. YcM
    YcM says:

    All here at home escaped colds and flu thus far. Our poor daughter who lives away and works with kids has been sick with a horrible bout of flu.

  8. andrea amy
    andrea amy says:

    Up until last night we had avoided it, but my 18 year old was up all night vomiting, my 8 year old is home from school today because of it. Probably just a matter of time before my 5 and 7 year olds get it. We do not get the flu shot but we dress for the weather, wash hands, and try to eat a good diet including as much fresh produce as our budget will allow with winter prices.

  9. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    Yes so far so good this year…We got it really bad last year though, so have been doing everything we can to avoid it this year!

  10. Dianne G.
    Dianne G. says:

    If I were superstitious I would be looking for some wood to knock on, but I am not. No, we have not had the flu this year.

  11. Julie Z
    Julie Z says:

    We did avoid the flu this year 🙂 But I got hit with a viral infection that has now given me laryngitis, so I’m a squeak talker for a bit now haha! But I will take that over the flu anyday!

  12. Lisa bolduc
    Lisa bolduc says:

    Luckily no flus yet….. colds on the other hand are another story. With a toddler in daycare he is getting sick alot from all the germs

  13. Gillian Morgan
    Gillian Morgan says:

    Despite the fact that everyone had flu shots the last two have been hell. Coughing, sneezing, throwing up and everything else. We have spend several nights at the ER. Hopefully it will so be over.

  14. Josie
    Josie says:

    well we are managing….not so well! Both kids have had the flu. I’m super sanitizing to try not to get it but I think it’ s coming!

  15. arijana birston
    arijana birston says:

    i didn’t get caught in the flu season. i’ve been lucky so far but i do work in a school and daycare so it’s bound to eventually catch up

  16. Jennifer D
    Jennifer D says:

    Last year I got the flu before I could get my flu shot and it turned into a 4 month ordeal, including a pneumonia diagnosis. This year, I got my flu shot the first day it was available! So far, so good. Fingers crossed!

  17. Rae D.
    Rae D. says:

    We have avoided influenza but got viral pharyngitis, which is miserable like a cough, cold and sore throat at the same time.

  18. JoAnne Hudy
    JoAnne Hudy says:

    The Flu has been trying to get a grip on me, but I keep taking different drugs to keep it at bay. AND, I had my flu shot in October 2015…..

  19. Edmond
    Edmond says:

    Yeah, no flu here. Wow, prize $100 gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me!

  20. Erinn Lishman
    Erinn Lishman says:

    The flu hasn’t hit us too bad this year (*knock on wood!) but I’ve had strep twice, coming on three times, and my three daughters have had it too. Waiting for summer….

  21. Krista M
    Krista M says:

    I managed to dodge the flu so far this year, but sadly both my kids got it right before Christmas & it really put a damper on their special day. Flu is no fun! 🙁

  22. Wendy Jensen
    Wendy Jensen says:

    We had our flu shots but we did get sick early November. The first day was awful with the sore, red throat but that was only for the day. Lasted about 5 days.

  23. leo
    leo says:

    i caught one dandy cold that just came in the back door and dropped me to my knees,i am still feeling the effect today as i write this ,it was scary and this time it hurt me due to all the coughing,i would not want nobody to get this whoe

  24. Luis E
    Luis E says:

    Was down for 2 weeks after someone thought they were ok to go a Hot Yoga class while they were in the midst of the flu. Not fun!

  25. Muhammad Khan
    Muhammad Khan says:

    Yes, my work paid off. I motivated my family to drink lots of fluids. When my dad and mom were watching tv during commercial breaks I got them up and we did exercise together.

  26. loucheryl
    loucheryl says:

    My oldest son has it right now. So far it’s not too bad. I’m just worried that he will pass it onto his little brother. I’m worried for me and my hubby too. Who wants to get sick, right?

  27. Angela SC
    Angela SC says:

    S far so good,thank god.The flu is very dangerous for people like me 😛 Crohn’s ans colitis is like living with a touch of the flu on a daily basis.

  28. Eva Urban
    Eva Urban says:

    2015 was a good year for my entire family to be health husband/son and I. Well to start off 2016 – husband was sick for 8 days…lot of laundry days…everyone appeared to be back to normal. Then my son complained that his Grade 7 classmates were all sick – looking white, no appetite, listless – yep fever…..hopefully this passes before day 7. As for the lady of the house – running on empty….but going the distance.

  29. Julie/@Flip_4
    Julie/@Flip_4 says:

    I haven’t gotten the flu shot in years but with an elderly grandparent living with my parents I decided not to take a chance. So far so good. *knock on wood*

  30. Chandra O'Connor
    Chandra O'Connor says:

    I strap Lysol wipes to my hip and wipe everything down constantly. My daughter got it and I contained her in her room.

  31. Jen Lytle
    Jen Lytle says:

    So far so good! knock on wood. My oldest is in grade one and Ive heard of loads of colds and flus going through the school so im sure it will make its way in our home before the season ends

  32. sabina edwards
    sabina edwards says:

    THE flu shot is always free here in SK, so I have always gotten it as I can’t afford to loose any work days (non union so no paid sick days ever unless you’re like going in for surgery, then there’s EI) Anywho, I haven’t been sick with the flu in like, 8 yrs? Maybe 10

  33. Bailey Dexter
    Bailey Dexter says:

    So far so good! There were a few times when I thought someone was coming down with the flu but I made chicken soup & all was good!

  34. Shauna
    Shauna says:

    We all got our flu shots and flu-mist this year so when our daughter got the flu, it wasn’t that bad. Unfortunately the hubby go it too and it festered into pneumonia. But I didn’t get hit….yet! (knocks on wood) 🙂

  35. Amber Y
    Amber Y says:

    We haven’t been hit with the flu yet, but we have all suffered mild colds already. It was not a fun time, but we’re all feeling healthy now and hopefully it stays that way!

  36. Brian Wall
    Brian Wall says:

    I got my flu shot early, as I do every year. So far this season I have evaded catching the flu. Hopefully, I will continue for the rest of the year.

  37. Kevin L
    Kevin L says:

    So far, so good. Strangely enough, when I used to get the flu shot every year, I’d get the flu. Then I decided to stop two years ago and never got the flu again since then. Of course, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, or maybe my body’s just weird.

  38. Tammi L.
    Tammi L. says:

    My daughter started with a flu and now has a cough that will not leave. She has had it for 3 months. It’s crazy, there are no smokers in our house (she is only 12) and she is a healthy kid.

  39. Angela Mitchell
    Angela Mitchell says:

    We haven’t gotten the flu yet this year but last year I didn’t get it until April last year so there’s time left haha!

  40. Dave S
    Dave S says:

    We were busy this year and ended up deciding to forego the flu shots. Luckily no one in the house has gotten the flu yet this year. (Knock on wood)

  41. Aarti M
    Aarti M says:

    Nope, we didn’t manage to avoid the flu. I currently have it, but I’m almost better. I was pretty exhausted at the beginning and I’m so glad to have some energy back.


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