Why [not] FluMist? It is an equally effective (some studies say "more effective") flu vaccine that can be sprayed in the nose. No needles.
When I do have to negotiate with a reluctant child about a shot, I do a few things:
1. I give them choices. They can have ONE shot (assuming they only need one) or TWO!
2. I can give them a "booster" instead of a shot. (It is the same thing, but the word booster sounds less painful!)
3. They can get it in their arm or leg where it doesn't hurt very much or their EYE!!! (Of course, we don't do eye shots, so this becomes an easy choice.
4. I tell them this: "I am not supposed to do this, but if you don't tell anyone, I will use the little, tiny baby needle...the one we use for infants, instead of the big-person needle. How about that?"
5. And finally...."If this little "booster" hurts, you tell the nurse right away and she will take it out immediately!" (Of course, she is going to do that anyway.)
The games we play....
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