There have been countless ongoing studies on its effectiveness since the COVID vaccine was introduced. One thing has become abundantly clear as a result. The vaccines have been proven to be effective and safe and the most important step anyone can take towards controlling the pandemic. Every newly vaccinated person counts as one less person likely to contract and spread the disease. With fewer people contracting COVID, there are also fewer opportunities for it to mutate. For nearly a year and a half, the vast majority of those being vaccinated have been adults or over the age of 12. Relatively recently, however, it has been declared safe for those aged five and over.
How To Create a Stress-Free Vaccination For Your Child
Many children express a general concern about seeing their medical practitioner. It’s not unusual for children to specifically be afraid of receiving an injection. Whether your child is one of those who are skittish about doctor visits or not, it can help to prepare them for their vaccination visit. There’s a lot of information out there about the shot itself, and the vaccine in particular. By preparing your child for their visit you can ensure that they know what to expect. Consider taking a few of the following steps prior to the day of their appointment:
- Communicate With Your Child: If your child is presently in school, they’ve likely been exposed to a lot of information about the vaccine. Unfortunately, not all of this information is likely to be true. Some of their encounters may have been encouraging them and trying to set their worries at ease. Others may have been less positive, with classmates sharing negative experiences or trying to get them riled for their visit. Sitting down and speaking frankly with your child can help soothe their worries and straighten out any confusion.
- Be Honest – It’s essential that your child knows they can trust the information you share with them. Even if you’re concerned about their reaction, it’s best to be honest with them about what to expect. This allows them to mentally prepare and builds an environment of trust and communication with your child. Let them know that they can expect to feel a quick poke that may sting a little. They may also feel some soreness afterward.
- Work With Them – Give your child choices when it comes to getting their vaccine. Ask them which arm they’d prefer to get the shot in. Let them pick out their clothes for the day and bring a favorite stuffie. They’ll learn they can share their opinions with their doctor in the future and to be an active patient.
Great Lessons For A Great Future
Beyond preparing them for their vaccination, these tips set a great precedent for the future. They’ll know they can speak to you about their concerns and expect honest answers. They’ll also learn to be engaged in their health care and that they have choices when it comes to treatment. Most of all, they’ll learn not to be afraid of doctor visits in years to come.