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Pain and/or fear of needles are well-documented concerns for individuals undergoing vaccination and contribute to vaccination non-compliance. Minimizing pain has the potential to lead to more positive experiences during vaccination and improve vaccination compliance rates. This presentation will review new evidence-based approaches to reduce pain and fear during vaccine injections in children and adults. Interventions for pain and fear management span 4 different domains: procedural interventions, physical interventions, pharmacological interventions and psychological interventions (also known as the 4 P’s of pain management).
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Presenter: Dr. Anna Taddio
Anna Taddio is a Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at SickKids. Dr. Taddio studies pain management during needle procedures in children. She currently leads a national working group, Help ELiminate Pain in KIDS (HELPinKIDS), studying and promoting effective pain management during childhood vaccination.
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