7 doctors weighed in:
Is it painful to get a vaccination?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
I have been using the "cold distraction method" that works well too: I rub some hand sanitizer on the child's forearm, have him/her and the parent blow on it to get it cold while I give the shot somewhere else. Older kids say it helps, some young infants (4 month old) don't even cry with the shot! (Some, not all):)
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: Little pain
It is an injection and you may feel some pain but it is not too bad

In brief: Little pain
It is an injection and you may feel some pain but it is not too bad
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: No
No, it is only slightly painful to get a shot.
Oral vaccinations (baby swallows it) such as the rotavirus vaccine do not cause any pain.

In brief: No
No, it is only slightly painful to get a shot.
Oral vaccinations (baby swallows it) such as the rotavirus vaccine do not cause any pain.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
I completely agree with dr. Tzanetos opinion.
I couldn't have said it better myself. The vaccination is so quick, that the child (or adult), doesn't have time to respond. So it really feels like a "little pinch".

In brief: Yes
I completely agree with dr. Tzanetos opinion.
I couldn't have said it better myself. The vaccination is so quick, that the child (or adult), doesn't have time to respond. So it really feels like a "little pinch".
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
Dr. Boyan Hadjiev
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