MEMPHIS, Tennessee – With young children starting to receive COVID-19 vaccines soon, psychologists say it’s important to prepare children before their appointment.
A new coloring book from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a resource that may help answer any questions children may have about vaccines in simple, non-frightening terms.
“You can use it as a tool to help you develop a coping plan that you come up with with your child. How are we going to prepare for this? Are you going to wear your favorite outfit? What are we going to take to distract you. This is one of the tools you can use to explain why you are doing this. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Harman said young children are especially successful when they know what to expect. This can be useful when you have something to show them and you don’t have to find the right words about how to teach them about vaccines.
“We are talking about COVID in my house with my preschooler, so you can color in some of the pages that talk about wearing a mask and keeping the distance. You can do it piecemeal before the date, which is how I personally plan to use it, ”Harman said.
She said how far in advance it is best to give information to children varies by child. But if you’re not sure, she recommends the day before their appointment for the shots. You can find the coloring book by click here.