Tips For A Less Stressful Shot Visit

BEFORE GETTING SHOTS

Come prepared! Take these steps before your child gets a shot to help make the immunisation visit less stressful:

  • Read vaccine materials given by your doctor and write down any questions you may have
  • Bring your child’s up-to-date personal immunisation records to your appointment
  • Pack a favourite toy or book, and a blanket that your child uses regularly

Ways to soothe your baby:

  • Swaddling
  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Breastfeeding
  • Offering a sweet beverage like juice

(when the child is older than 6 months)

For older children:

  • Be honest with your child. Explain that immunisation shots can pinch or sting, however it won’t hurt for long
  • Engage other family members, especially older siblings, to support your child
  • Avoid telling scary stories or making threats about shots

AT THE PAEDIATRICIAN’S OFFICE

Ways to soothe your baby:

  • Distract and comfort your child by cuddling, singing, or talking softly
  • Smile and make eye contact with your child
  • Comfort your child with a favourite toy or book
  • Hold your child firmly on your lap, whenever possible

For older children:

  • Take deep breaths with your child to help “blow out” the pain
  • Point out interesting things in the room to help create distractions
  • Tell or read stories
  • Support your child if he or she cries. Never scold a child for not “being brave”

Once your child has received all immunisation shots, be especially supportive. Hold, cuddle, and, for infants, breastfeed or offer a bottle. A soothing voice, combined with praise and hugs will help reassure your child that everything is ok.

AFTER THE SHOTS

Sometimes children experience mild reactions from vaccines, such as pain at the injection site, a rash or a fever. These reactions are normal and will soon go away. The following tips will help you identify and minimise mild side effects.

  • Review any information your doctor gives you about the side effects of vaccination
  • Use a cool, wet cloth to reduce redness, soreness, and swelling in the place where the shot was given
  • Reduce any fever with a cool sponge bath. If your doctor approves, give paracetamol as a pain reliever
  • Give your child lots of liquid. It’s normal for some children to eat less within 24 hours after getting vaccines
  • Pay extra attention to your child for a few days

Vaccination Chart

Age Vaccination
Newborn •        BCG

•        HBV (HEPATITIS B)

2 Months •        ROTAVIRUS*

•        6-IN-1 (DTAP, POLIO, HIB, HEPATITIS B)

•        PCV (PNEUMOCOCCAL)

4 Months •        ROTAVIRUS*

•        5-IN-1 (DTAP, POLIO, HIB)

•        PCV (PNEUMOCOCCAL)

6 Months •        6-IN-1 PCV
9/10 Months •        INFLUENZA*
12 Months •        MMRV (MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA,

VARICELLA)

•        PCV

15 Months •        MMRV

•        HEPATITIS A*

18 Months •        5-IN-1
21 Months •        HEPATITIS A*
24 Months •        MENINGOCOCCAL*

•        TYPHOID*

9 Years •        HPV (HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS)

(FEMALES ONLY)

11 Years •        TDAP

•        POLIO

*Optional

This serves as a guide to your child’s vaccine schedule. It includes combination vaccines, which differ from the national schedule that is available at polyclinics. It may also differ from the preferred schedule of your child’s paediatrician. You should not consider the information to be specific for your child’s personal needs and should discuss your child’s vaccine schedule with your child’s paediatrician.