What to Expect

Before, During, and After Vaccination

Before Vaccination - What You Need to Bring to the Vaccination Event on Saturday, August 3rd
  • A parent or guardian must accompany all children under the age of 18.
  • The parent or guardian must bring a valid form of identification for parent or legal guardian.
  • Child’s vaccination records, such as Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, which will be updated after the vaccinations.
  • We recommend that the child eat a meal or snack before being vaccinated.
I Can’t Find My Child’s Vaccination Records, What Do I Do?
  • Call your child’s doctor to get a copy of their vaccination records.
  • Contact your child’s school to get a copy of their vaccination records.
  • Contact the local Health Department to get a copy of their vaccination records.
Before and During Vaccination

For younger children:

  • Bring a stuffed animal or item of comfort, such as a pacifier for babies.
  • Be honest about what to expect, you're getting a shot, and it might hurt a little.
  • The parent or caregiver should hug, sing, and play with their child.

For older children and adolescents:

  • Take deep breaths with your child to help “blow out” the pain.
  • Point out interesting things in the room to help create distractions.
  • Tell or read stories to the child.
  • Support your child if he or she cries. Never scold a child for not “being brave”.
After Vaccination

Sometimes children can experience mild reactions from vaccines, such as pain at the injection site, a rash, or a fever. These reactions are normal and will soon go away. The following tips will help you identify and minimize mild side effects.

Take a moment to read the Vaccine Information Sheet your health care professional gives during your visit. This sheet has helpful information and describes possible side effects your child may experience.

  • Use a cool, wet cloth to reduce redness, soreness, and swelling in the place where the shot was given.
  • Reduce any fever with a cool sponge bath. If your doctor approves, give non-aspirin pain reliever.
  • Give your child lots of liquid. It’s normal for some children to eat less during the 24 hours after getting vaccines.
  • Pay extra attention to your child for a few days. If you see something that concerns you, call your doctor.