5 Ways to Make Immunizations for Children Less Scary

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Back to school season is upon us and children will be lining up to get their school supplies and immunizations before school starts in no time. Not only is it convenient to shop for back to school items at Walgreens, it’s also an easy stop for immunizations as well. The best part is that you don’t even have to make an appointment and Walgreens pharmacists will report back to your primary care physician as well.

One thing I dreaded as a child was getting my immunizations and I know that my son dreads it as well. Getting shots isn’t fun, but if you’re getting your child ready for their immunizations, there are ways to make the experience less scary than it needs to be.

5 Ways Make Immunizations for Children Less Scary

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1.) Talk to them about it!
Talking to your child before getting their immunizations is so important. When I went to get my shots as a kid, I had no idea until right before the doctor came in with the needle. If you let your child know in advance they’re going to get their shot, they will expect it and be able to mentally prepare themselves for it.

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2.) Bring a comfort item for your child.
This can include a stuffed animal, blanket, their favorite toy– something they will love to have with them during this experience so they can feel safe.

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3.) Distractions.
While your child is getting their immunization, you can distract them so they don’t look at the needle. I know when I look at needles I feel more anxious about getting shots. You can distract your child by asking them questions, singing to them, showing them something on your phone. It will be over before they know it.

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4.) Bring fun band-aids!
Band-aids with designs or characters will help make your child less anxious about their immunizations. My son loves band-aids that look fun, especially when he recognizes the characters on them as well.

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5.) Bring a reward for your child.
Rewarding your child after they get an immunization is great to let them know they did a great job and that the experience wasn’t so bad after all. Rewards can include stickers, a treat or their favorite snack, a new book– something small that will make them feel happy.

Children 7 years and older can easily get their immunizations like whooping cough or meningitis at Walgreens and when they do, they can help Give a Shot to a child in need as well. Through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign, your child can help provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country when they get their immunizations at Walgreens!

It feels great to help others in need.

How do you curb your child’s fears of getting shots?

3 Responses to “5 Ways to Make Immunizations for Children Less Scary”

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    Heather Johnson — August 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Don’t make a big deal out of getting vaccines. Kids pick up on your nervousness.

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    Christy Maurer — August 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I am past this stage with my kids now, but it was never very fun. My daughter did better than my son. It helps to let them sit on your lap while they get their shots. The anticipation is sometimes worse than the actual shots!

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    Lori Pace — August 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Thank you so much for helping to spread this important message! #client

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