Vaccines are important for stopping the spread of diseases for people of all ages, whether it’s on the playground or in an office. Without them, preventable diseases can infect you and those around you, causing sickness, hospitalization and even death. National Immunization Awareness Month promotes the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.
Some people worry that vaccines will cause long-lasting side effects in the body, but this is not true. The most common side effect is redness around the area where the shot is administered, and the most severe is an allergic reaction to the shot—if this happens, consult your physician immediately.
If your child still needs their vaccinations, here are some tips to help make the experience easier:
- Tell older children what is going to happen and how the vaccination will help keep them healthy.
- Let your child know that it is okay to be scared.
- Try to distract your child while the vaccination is being administered.