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Gifts That Show You Care

It’s that time of year again, when there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything I’ve been procrastinating. While I love the gift giving season, I often anguish over finding the “perfect” gift for family and friends. So, if you have a few people in your life who appreciate the gift of life-saving vaccines (and I certainly hope you do!), look no further. Below I’ve detailed a gift giving guide for that special someone, even if that special someone is you!

Shot @Life Online Store

iphonecaseEncourage friends to get out and spread the word about global vaccines in style! The U.N. Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed.  Now, just in time for the holidays, you can purchase everything camelbackwaterbottlefrom iPod cases to messenger bags, to water bottles and sparkly t-shirts that support this worthy cause.  And if you donate to Shot@Life before you purchase, you’ll receive a 25% off coupon code to the Shot@Life store.

Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated

hugmeslothAntivaxMakeUsSickNecklaceWhat started as one woman, thinking free has turned into an entire community thinking healthy.  Women Thinking, Inc has designed an entire collection of “Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated” items that will help you and your loved ones flaunt your vaccination status.  Now, a simple purchase of a t-shirt or teddy bear can let others know that you support and appreciate their decision to vaccinate. There are even cool, unique hand-formed and hand painted ceramic necklaces.  And what’s even better is that the designs encourage hugs, which are totally awesome .  hugmeimageAfter all, who doesn’t love to be hugged, (as long as you’re protected against preventable diseases, right?)  Purchases will help support Women Thinking Inc. and their “Hug Me I’m Vaccinated” project which includes vaccination clinics and up-and-coming programs to inform and encourage new and expecting parents to vaccinate their children.

GIANTmicrobes®

GiantMicrobesHave you ever given anyone influenza, pneumonia, measles, rubella or chicken pox? We certainly hope not! But here’s your chance to throw caution to the wind, act irresponsibly and spread a few giant microbes for good cheer.  Only these GIANTmicrobes® are  simply stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes — only a million times their actual size! Each of the GIANTmicrobes® comes with information about the real microbe it represents. They make great learning tools, as well as amusing gifts for anyone with a sense of humor. Healthcare workers can have fun sharing them with their patients. Teachers can get a laugh throwing them around the room. And parents can use them to entertain and educate inquisitive children and aspiring healthcare workers.  Don’t forget to add a few to your own wish list while you’re at it.

Anti-vaxers make us sick

AntivaxersMakeMeSickShirtYou may be familiar with the Anti-Vaccine Body Count, but did you know that the site creator offers various merchandise for the die-hard pro-vaccine advocate on your list?  Derek’s Random Shop on Café Press has everything from t-shirts, onesies, tote bags, mugs, water bottles, clocks, caps, bumper stickers, aprons, bibs, teddy bears and even special dog apparel that announces, in bold black and white type, that “Anti-vaxers make me sick.” or Anti-vaxers make us sick.” If you want to ensure your voice is heard, even without having to utter a word, these items are a great way to do it.

Buzzy 4 ShotsBuzzyBee

“BEE” empowered when you bring your child in to get their vaccines and put this fun and clever pain relief management tool in your own hands.  Before you know it, you’ll be buzzing out of the doctor’s office in no time (and with no tears). Buzzy® helps with needle procedures with his icy cold wings and vibrating tummy.  The combination of these two things confuses your body’s nerves to block sharp feelings, so when you put Buzzy®near a poke, burn, or other minor sharp pain, you mostly feel Buzzy doing his thing.

But don’t be fooled. Buzzy® isn’t just for children. This can be a great tool for teens or even needle hesitant adults.  Get one today and use it repeatedly over the years.

While this is just a partial list of all the fabulous holiday gift ideas we found, feel free to share others in the comments below.  These items are not only great for the holidays, but they can be gifts for almost any occasion.    

  1. December 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Would love for you to do bumper stickers!!!!!

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  2. December 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    My son loves stuff Godzillas – perhaps I’ll throw in some Giant Stuffed Microbes for Christmas too!!!

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  3. Think It Through
    December 21, 2012 at 1:15 am

    How can “anti-vaxxers make you sick”? Don’t your vaccines work?

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  4. December 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

    @TiT – typical anti-vaccine rhetoric:

    #1 – what was those babies too young to have been vaccinated?
    #2 – how about those individuals who, for a number of reasons, cannot be vaccinated?
    #3 – anti-vaccine pockets allow diseases to continue to circulate in the population (i.e. gives them a home) and since vaccines aren’t 100% effective (nobody here says they are), there is still the possibility that a vaccinated individual can get sick.

    Personally, it does make me physically ill to think that there are people who would consider purposely exposing their children to potentially life-threatening diseases under the misguided notion that they are “protecting” them from “harmful” vaccines – when what they are actually doing is taking a chance that their child will suffer from one of many real and known serious complications of disease – including secondary infections, blindness, deafness, pneumonia, encephalitis, or sterility, among others.

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  5. Rational Antivax
    December 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Really?

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  6. December 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Love the Shot@Life Iphone case!

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  7. Michelle Meyer
    December 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    @Lawrence

    The other option is to inject them on purpose and make them sick and/or injure them.

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  8. Chris
    December 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    MM. except the injury and illness is greater with the disease, see Parental Refusal of Pertussis Vaccination Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Pertussis Infection in Children:

    Vaccine refusers had a 23-fold increased risk for pertussis when compared with vaccine acceptors, and 11% of pertussis cases in the entire study population were attributed to vaccine refusal.

    If you have evidence to the contrary, please present actual scientific evidence.

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