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Preparing your child for a flu vaccination

stockphotopro_26688812FUB_doctor_giving_(2)Most children have some fear of needles and may get scared before a vaccination. You might think the best way to handle this anxiety is to avoid telling your child about a vaccination ahead of time. But, like usual, honesty is the best strategy. Here, Child Life specialists offer tips and techniques for preparing your child for vaccination.

Before the vaccination

  • Choose a quiet time to talk with your child and speak with a calm and relaxed tone of voice. Use honest, simple explanations that your child can understand. For example, you could say “We need to make sure that you stay healthy. This medicine will help keep you from getting the flu.”
  • Avoid making promises you can’t keep, like, “You won’t feel anything when you have the vaccination.” This may be misleading.
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