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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and with school just right around the corner, it is a good time to check that your kids are up to date on shots. Young kids have a series of shots required to protect them from measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis, but preteens should have shots for a variety of illnesses, as well.
Check out these immunization resources to learn more about which shots are required for your child and get tips on how to reduce your child’s anxiety about getting shots:

Vaccination and
Immunization Basics
A vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism into your body by a needle, swallowing, or inhaling. The vaccine produces immunity in the body against that organism. Immunization is the process by which you become protected from a disease.
Find information about vaccinations and immunizations from and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including a list of immunization schedules, from birth through adulthood.
Local health facilities or doctor’s offices issue vaccinations. To find out which vaccinations your area offers, contact your state health department. If you’re looking for vaccination information for a child, check with the child’s doctor, the health department, or the child’s school district for assistance. You can also use Vaccine Finder to locate a facility near you to get vaccinated.
Get the Cost of Immunizations Covered
Depending on your income, age, and health insurance coverage, you or your children may be eligible for free vaccinations.
• Learn about the Vaccines for Children program.
• See if your family qualifies for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
• Find out if you are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid-covered vaccinations.
• Locate a local health center that can give immunizations at a cost based on your income.

Vaccine Injury Reporting
If you or your child experienced a serious reaction to a vaccine, you may want to report it through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Read frequently asked questions about reporting vaccine-related adverse events.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) monitors supplies of vaccines and vaccine costs. VICP also helps people receive compensation if a vaccination injured them.
Learn about the safety of infant immunizations including information about autism and vaccines.

For Kids About Shots

1. Shots are just a way to make sure your body has the medicine it needs to help fight off diseases. The small needle puts the medicine under your skin so your body can build up strength against diseases.
2. When the doctor or nurse sticks you with the needle it will hurt a little bit, but only for a minute and then the pain will go away.
3. If you’re nervous about getting your shot, talk to your parents about something else. It will help keep you calm and take your mind off the shot.
4. Smile. It’s hard to be scared or nervous if you’re smiling. So even if you’re really scared about getting the shot, just keep smiling and it will help you be brave.
The next time you go to the doctor to get a shot, you can surprise your parents and the nurses by staying calm and being brave.

For Parents About
Shots for Kids

Watching your child cry as they’re getting their shots isn’t easy, but you know the shots will help keep them healthy in the years to come. You can make that trip to the doctor a little bit easier by getting your child in the right frame of mind. Use these tips to help prepare for your next trip to the doctor’s office for vaccinations.
1. Don’t let the doctor surprise them with a shot. Tell them in advance they’re going to be getting a shot at their appointment and help prepare them for that.
2. It’s OK to let your child know it will probably a hurt a little bit at first, but make sure to tell them the pain goes away very quickly and the shot is going to help make them healthy and strong.
3. Teach them why they need to get shots. Tell them the medicine from the shot helps their bodies fight all kinds of diseases that used to make kids very sick before shots were invented.
4. Keep your kids distracted while they are getting their shots. Talk to them or hold their hand, but make sure they stay still for the nurse giving the shot.
5. Reward your kids for good behavior at the doctor. Face it, getting a shot is scary and not fun, but if your child does well treat them to a little something special to reward their good behavior.
If you have concerns about immunizing your children or any safety risks associated with certain vaccines, you can find more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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