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New guidelines published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveal the importance of mitigating pain during immunizations, and echo recent recommendations made by the World Health Organization for global immunization practices.
Professor Anna Taddio of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, and the Hospital for Sick Children, is the lead author of “Reducing pain during vaccine injections: clinical practice guideline” in the most recent issue of CMAJ, which updates pain management guidelines first published in 2010:
“These new, more comprehensive guidelines have been expanded to include adults and reflect the increased research conducted in this area.” Developed by over two dozen researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers, and consumer advocates, the guidelines now provide suggestions for managing the pain associated with immunizations for infants, small children, adolescents, teens, and adults.
“Pain from vaccinations is common and can make people hesitate about getting future vaccines even as adults,” states Dr. Anna Taddio. “This can put people at risk of contracting infectious diseases that are largely preventable through vaccination. As a result, it is important that we address the pain associated with immunizations not only for today, but because pain today has the potential to become a lifelong problem.”
The link to the article is: http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2015/08/24/cmaj.150391