Improving the Vaccination Experience: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children and Adults

February 28, 2023

About This Webinar

Anxiety about needles and injections affects as many as two out of three children and one out of four adults. This anxiety can contribute to dreading, delaying, or avoiding vaccinations, even when the importance of preventing illness is understood. Good news: there are safe, effective, and practical steps that vaccinators, vaccine recipients, and caregivers can take to reduce vaccination-related pain and anxiety. Creating a less stressful vaccination experience increases confidence in vaccination.

Additional Resources

HELP Eliminate Pain in Kids & Adults


Government of Canada


Canada Communicable Disease Report

This webinar was developed by and supported by Grant No. CDC-RFA-IP21-2104 from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.


Anna Taddio, BScPhm, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Senior Associate Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Ontario

Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
President and CEO,

Lucie Marisa Bucci, MA
Director, Policy and Government Relations, Society for Infodemic Management (SIM), Québec, Québec

Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH
Director for Research,

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