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Fax Facts - October 29, 2019

Attention: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Walk-In Clinics

RE: Making Vaccines Easier for Babies

Best practices to manage pain in infants during immunizations can include breastfeeding and skin-to-skin. Breastfeeding is most effective at managing pain when initiated for about 5 minutes before, continued during and after the immunization. Bottle feeding the infant provides some relief and can be done applying the same principles mentioned above and performing skin-to-skin.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has developed a resource you can use when preparing an infant and their parent/guardian for immunization. It explains and demonstrates various strategies they can use to minimize pain during immunization, which include breastfeeding and skin-to-skin.

Look for the MAKING VACCINES EASIER FOR YOUR BABY resource in your next vaccine order.

For further information on pain reduction strategies please refer to the Canadian Immunization Guide (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-1-key-immunization-information/page-8-vaccine-administration-practices.html#t4)

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