Phone: (307) 733-6401
Fax: (307) 733-8747
Teton County Public Health
460 East Pearl Avenue
Walk in Clinic Hours are M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Office Hrs Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Be there for your child during shots
- Bring your child`s immunization record.
- Read vaccine information statements- .Ask any questions.
- Bring along a favorite toy or blanket. Stay calm-your baby picks up your feelings.
-All above, plus:
- Reassure your child honestly. "It might sting but it will only last a few seconds."
- Never threaten your child with shots."If you are not good. I will have the nurse give you a shot."
- Encourage older siblings to reassure and comfort, not to scare your toddler.
Infants-Distract and comfort by:
- Touching soothingly and talking softly.
- Making eye contact as you smile at him/her.
- Holding your child securely on your lap.
- Talking to or singing with your child.
- Helping your child take deep breaths and slowly blowout the pain.
- Using a hand puppet.
- Pointing out posters or objects around the room.
- Telling your child a story or have him/her tell you one.
- Allowing your child to cry, don`t force him/her to be brave.
- Holding, cuddling, caressing, and/or breastfeeding
- Talking lovingly and soothingly.
- Asking your doctor for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever when you get home.
- Giving praises and hugs or a surprise.
- Reassuring your child that everything is okay.
- Mark your calendar for your next appointment.
- Review vaccine information state- ments for possible reactions.
- A cool wet cloth can reduce redness, soreness, and/or swelling where the shot was given.
- Observe your child for the next few days. You might see a small rash or notice a fever. If your child has any reaction that concerns you, call your doctor or seek medical attention.
- To reduce pain or fever, your doctor may recommend you give your child a non-aspirin pain reliever.
- Also try giving your child a sponge bath with lukewarm water to reduce fever.
- Give your child plenty of fluids. It is normal if he/she eats less than usual for the next 24 hours.
Reproduced with permission from the Immunization Branch, California Department of Health Services.