The screaming that came from the backseat when I mentioned where we were going...well, I felt bad about it, but if it had been captured on film, you would be laughing.
Eventually (after 40 minutes of screaming, crying, threats, "You suck!"--charming, huh?--and kicking of my car seat), we went inside and got the flu shots.
Yes, I had to bribe them. But I am really terrified about my children contracting a virulent form of swine flu.
The nurses at the clinic were incredibly kind, and my little one, my brave child, sat right down and rolled up her sleeve. She cried a little, but it was over in a second, and then my eldest child (destined to be an actress) started swooning and shrieking.
They got the needle in anyway. I was impressed.
Again, it was over in just a second. One second.
Even I got an H1N1 shot--and I was thrilled. Seriously.
I just casually mentioned, on our way out, that I wished I could get an H1N1 vaccine (after telling my girls I was proud of them, sort of, and happy they'd gotten vaccinated).
So far this year, I had not been able to get a swine flu shot as I fall into the non-priority group. But now there is plenty of vaccine. There is so much vaccine the government is literally giving it away.
I was pulled back into the room and offered a shot, which I happily took. And no, it didn't hurt at all.
Take advantage of H1N1 vaccines, if you can. Bring your kids to get vaccinated, too.
I realize that the obligatory Mickey D's run after shots sort of defeats the healthy purpose that parents intended, but hey...you do what you have to do.