How You Can Prepare Your Child
Having infants vaccinated can be simple since they are not afraid (or even aware) of needles. However, when kids are 2 years old and above, they may develop a fear or aversion to getting their shots.
We suggest that you be honest about what will happen to your child before they get their shot. You want to avoid unnecessary trauma or trust issues, and being truthful is often the best course. Try to help them understand what vaccinations are and why they are important so they will be willing to get their shots.
For instance, you can tell them they might feel a little pain from the injection. That pain goes away and is not permanent. Help them to understand that it is necessary to protect them from getting sick. For infants who cry after the injection, you may gently stroke them to help them with the pain and to calm them down.
If your kid still feels nervous about getting the shot, try to give them something to look forward to. For instance, you can tell them that you can get ice cream after their shot. That way they will focus on what will happen after the vaccinations rather than the vaccinations itself.
Where You Can Get Vaccination for Children
Vaccination for children is available in most hospitals and clinics in the Philippines. If you already have a doctor or pediatrician, there is a good chance they can vaccinate your kids.
To combat the drop in the number of vaccinated children in the Philippines, DOH is employing efforts to make it as easy as possible for children to get vaccinated. For instance, you can get free vaccination for your infant through their Expanded Program on Immunization readily available in local health centers. Additionally, students can get vaccinations for free in all public schools from DOH’s school-based immunization program.
Vaccinations are important for all children. A simple injection can prevent your child from catching many deadly and painful diseases.
Learn more about Vaccines here.