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Focus on Flu 2016-2017
September 2016 | Issue No. 131
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This year's flu vaccine is only available as a shot. What's most important is that you and your family gets vaccinated as soon as possible.
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By: Geoffrey Simon, MD, FAAP
How to Manage Your Child's Pain While Getting a Shot: 
  • 916_pain_shot_hug.jpgIn newborns: Try offering the breast, bottle, or a pacifier. 
  • In older infants and toddlers: Soothe and stroke them to help them get through an immunization and rock them afterward to decrease their crying. Holding your child on your lap may help calm her.
  • For older children: Distract them during and after each shot. Try “blowing away the pain” or use bubbles, pinwheels, or music to divert their attention. Telling them stories or reading books to them may help, as well. 
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