Proper Pain Management From Parents Can Take Sting Out Of Vaccinations For Kids
More often than not, parents are unaware of the vast amount of children's pain and anxiety management research they can pull from when their kids are getting vaccinated. And doctors aren't providing the information because they say they aren't being asked. In other news, advocates in California want adults to make sure they're getting vaccinated, too.
Parents Can Help Reduce Pain And Anxiety From Vaccinations
Now that the nasal spray FluMist is no longer considered an effective vaccine against influenza, parents will have to resort to the old, unpopular standby for their kids: a shot. It's not unusual for a child to have as many as 20 vaccinations by age 5 — all typically administered by injection. The pain of those shots can sometimes be a barrier to getting kids vaccinated, but several studies have shown that the pokes don't have to be so painful or petrifying, and parents can actually play a big role in soothing the sting. (Dalrymple, 7/12)
Kaiser Health News:
Vaccines Are Not Just For Kids
The word “immunization” has long evoked images of nervous children wincing as they get injections to protect them from measles, mumps and other diseases. Now California’s doctors are turning their attention to adults, who haven’t been as diligent about getting their own shots. The California Medical Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the Sacramento-based physicians’ organization, published a vaccine schedule last year to inform doctors and patients about recommended vaccines for adults. (Gorman, 7/13)