How can I help support a youth who is afraid of needles?

Question: 

How can I help support a youth who is afraid of needles? 

Answer: 
Vaccines can cause some pain, stress, and anxiety for children and youth of all ages. Go to our reducing pain, stress, and anxiety with vaccinations section for tips on how to have a more positive vaccination experience. 
 
You can also contact your local health unit and ask to speak with a public health nurse about supports available in your area. 
 

CARD System

 
You can use the CARD system - Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract to help your child find their preferred way to prepare for the vaccine.
 
Date last reviewed: 
Friday, Nov 19, 2021