Children usually begin a schedule of vaccinations at birth and then continue until their teen years. The vaccinations usually include Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Influenza, Varicella, and several others. Some of these vaccinations must be administered repeatedly as multiple doses.
Distraction can be very helpful when you arrive at the doctor. While you're waiting to see the doctor for the vaccinations, distract your child by reading their favorite story or playing a game that they enjoy. This allows them to get into a positive mood rather than dwelling on what is about to happen. As the doctor performs the vaccinations, be sure to convey to your child that the doctor is there to help. Saying "Let's say 'thank you' to the doctor for keeping you healthy" in a positive voice can go much further than having a resigned or negative approach. After all, your kids take their cues from your own behavior. Once the vaccinations are over, taking your child for a small treat can help them to view these vaccination visits as nothing more than very quick pain followed by a fun reward. In the future, your child might not even drag their feet when it's time to see the doctor!
People who are traveling to foreign countries and people who are becoming permanent United States residents may need additional vaccinations as an adult. Some of the vaccinations that adults may get for these reasons include Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Influenza type B, Measles, Mumps, Meningococcal, Pertussis, Pneumococcal, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella, Tetanus, and Varicella. The exact vaccinations needed depends on your intended travel destination and on how recently you've had vaccinations.
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