A 42-year-old member asked:
is getting a vaccination painful?
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, not really: Every day, hundreds of thousands of people get vaccinations to protect themselves and their family and community members from dreaded diseases such as measles, whooping cough, pneumonia, meningitis, etc... Oral and nasal spray vaccines have no pain at all. Shots have a tiny bit of pain for a few seconds.
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Can be: The important thing to remember to lessen vaccination pain is to avoid tensing up or contracting the muscle where the injection is going . I am a Pediatrician, and I find the best way to avoid painful responses to injections is simply to divert attention away from the needle, it is very useful!!
Neurology 34 years experience
I'm confused.: Says here you're 45 and you live in Palo Alto which is not exactly a Third World area. Haven't YOU ever had a vaccination? If not, why not?
Is it painful to get a vaccination?
4 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Yes: (but only a little). Often a child's reaction is a function more of a parent's reaction rather than the actual amount of pain from the shot. Distraction can help rather than overemphasis on the shot that just occurred. Some studies in infants have actually shown that giving a small amount of sugary solution (from a dropper or syringe) just before the shot can diminish the perceived pain.
Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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