Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it’s hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots.
Before Your Visit
Read about the shots your child will get in advance. CDC’s vaccine webpage has a lot of useful information to help parents understand the importance of on-time vaccination. You can review this information before your appointment, and then, you can ask your child’s doctor any remaining questions or concerns you have about vaccines.
You may also want to bring your child’s vaccine record to show the doctor, and pack a favorite toy, book, blanket or other comfort item. For older children, be honest—shots can pinch or sting, but not for long. Remind them that shots help keep them healthy.
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