Before the appointment:


  • Be ready to support your child during the vaccine visit. Pack your child’s favorite toy, book, or blanket to comfort him or her during vaccinations.
  • If your child is older and you can have a chat:
    • Be honest with your child. Explain that shots can pinch or sting, but that 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.
    • Remind your child that vaccines can keep him or her healthy.
  • Before you arrive, contact the site where you will be vaccinated or review your appointment confirmation email for details about what identification you may need to bring to your vaccination appointment.
  • It is not recommended you give pain relievers before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects.


At the doctor's office or vaccine clinic:



You can visit the CDC website for additional tips to support your child before, during, and after routine vaccinations.