She's played a doctor on TV, but that's not the reason former Scrubs regular Sarah Chalke wants you to get a flu shot. The star of the upcoming How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is also a mother to 2-year-old son Charlie and is adamant about keeping him and other children healthy this Winter. It may sound early to be talking about the flu, but flu season typically starts in October, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective. I spoke with Sarah about her involvement in the Faces of Influenza campaign and how she handles her son's vaccinations, and asked her to answer our Four Lil Questions.
LilSugar: Why did you choose to get involved in the Faces of Influenza campaign?
Sarah Chalke: I am a huge believer in the flu vaccine. I have had it every year and have never had the flu. My whole family gets it. I come from a long line of vaccinated Canadians, and so Charlie got a flu shot for the first time when he was 6 months old. It was always important to me and is even more important to me now, because the most important thing to me is keeping that lil nugget healthy and keeping myself healthy. I work with like 120 people and expose myself to so much, so it always has been important to me, and now even more so.
LilSugar: What is one of the biggest misconceptions about the flu?
SC: People don't always recognize how serious it can be, that there can be some serious complications from the flu and even death. People believe they'll be down for a few days and then be fine, and that's just not the case.
LilSugar: If you could tell families just one thing they needed to know about the flu shot, what would it be?
SC: If you're vaccinating your kid for the first time and they're between the ages of 6 months old and 8 years old, you need to give them two doses.
LilSugar: No one enjoys getting shots — parents or kids. How do you handle it when your son gets shots?
SC: Charlie actually came with me to get mine. It's not initially what I intended, but it ended up timing out that way and it ended up being great, because he saw that I got one too. [I said,] "You know what, buddy, I'm making my body stronger and it's just going to take two seconds, and then I'm going to be all done and my body's going to be so strong." When we went to go get his, I told him the same thing, and he said, "To make my body stronger!" He's a little guy and cried for two seconds and that's it. It's so quick and it's so easy and we bring in a little game or his favorite movie (Cars). Distraction and a quick treat and you're done!
Keep reading to see how Sarah answers our Four Lil Questions!
LilSugar: You know you're a mother when ____.
SC: You don't leave the house without a spare change of clothes for yourself and your kid.
LilSugar: Fill in the blank. Why didn't anybody tell me ________ about motherhood?
SC: It will be the greatest thing that ever happened to you. Or that you will never not be worried for the rest of your life.
LilSugar: What's the best trick your mama (or parent) taught you?
SC: Chamomile tea cures everything. It was a cure-all in my house growing up. It was our magic.
LilSugar: Helicopter mom or free-range kids?
SC: I think a hybrid. I feel like I am extremely intense over Charlie's health and incredibly relaxed about everything else. I kind of believe in creativity and letting him express himself. So a hybrid.