Getting shots can be scary, but vaccines work to prevent diseases and save lives. These resources can help you and your kids understand how vaccines work, making each doctor’s visit more comfortable.
For more information on immunizations, check out this previous blog on the flu season.
A Kid's Guide to Shots by Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, M.D.
This article uses kid-friendly language to explain how vaccines work in your body.
Vaccine Resources for Kids and Teens from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
These video games, books, and comics can help kids and teens understand the importance of vaccines.
How to Explain Vaccines in Terms Simple Enough for a Child by Taryn Chapman
Chapman, mom and molecular biologist, shares simple ways to explain vaccines to kids.
Vaccines for Children - A Guide for Parents and Caregivers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA shares the benefits of vaccinations, the most common vaccines for kids, and common questions parents and caregivers have.
How Do Vaccines Work? from American Academy of Pediatrics
If you’ve been wondering just how immunizations work, check out this background on the body’s immune system and how it functions in children.
Making Vaccinations Less Stressful
Help! My Child is Petrified of Shots from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials
Katie Creager, CNP, recommends do’s and don’ts for a smoother pediatrician visit.
Make Shots Less Stressful - 9 Things You Can Do for You and Your Baby from CDC
These nine steps can help make vaccinations less stressful for you and your baby. You could try bringing their favorite toy or offering lots of cuddles!
Ouch! Prepare Your Child for Shots by Cheryl Franco, MSN-Ed, RN
Shots hurt, even if it’s just a pinch. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shares the importance of being honest with your child about vaccines and remaining calm.
Before, During, and After Shots from CDC
The CDC can help you prepare for your child’s vaccinations and support them through the process, from babies to adolescents.