Where to get children or youth vaccinated

Where can my child or youth receive immunizations?

Vaccinations at your health care provider’s office

In Ontario, routine vaccines are usually given at your health care provider’s office such as at your family doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s office. Routine vaccines can also be given at some walk-in clinics. If your child requires routine vaccine(s), please contact their health care provider. 

If you are currently looking for a health care provider please register with Health Care Connect, and a nurse will help you find a family doctor or nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in our community. 

School Vaccination Clinics for grades 7 

Ottawa Public Health offers grade 7 vaccination clinics. It is important to read the parent memo below for more detailed information about these clinics. Please also fill out the consent form below and ensure your youth brings it to school with them. Be sure to discuss the vaccines your youth needs with them ahead of time. For more information see the memo to parents, also found below.

School Vaccine Consent Form
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School vaccine consent form (pdf - 251 KB)

نموذج المدرسة للموافقة عىل اللقاح

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学校疫苗接种同意书 (pdf - 499 KB)

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FOOMKA OGGOLAANSHAHA EE TALLAALKA DUGSIGA (pdf - 466 KB)

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Memo to Parents
English

Memo to Parents (pdf - 142 KB)

The following vaccines are offered at the grade 7 vaccination clinics. Please see our Immunization Clinics - High Schools section to review the fact sheet in your preferred language for vaccine related information.

Clinic Dates

Find below, locations and dates for school clinics.

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Franco-Ouest September 18 and 19, 2023  March 18 and 19, 2024
Mer Bleue October 12 and 13, 2023  April 11 and 12, 2024
Garneau October 30 and 31, 2023  April 29 and 30, 2024
Samuel-Genest November 3 and 4, 2023  May 2 and 3, 2024
Pierre-Savard November 8, 9 and 10, 2023  May 8, 9 and 10, 2024
Béatrice-Desloges November 14, 15 and 16, 2023  May 13, 14 and 15, 2024
Saint-Guillaume November 17, 2023  May 17, 2024
Paul Desmarais November 29 and 30, 2023  May 29 and 30, 2024
Franco-Cité December 6, 7 and 8, 2023  June 5, 6 and 7, 2024
Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
 Maurice Lapointe September 20, 2023  March 20, 2024
Trille des Bois September 29, 2023  April 2, 2024
Gisèle-Lalonde October 3 and 4, 2023  April 3 and 4, 2024
Louis-Riel October 5 and 6, 2023  April 5 and 15, 2024
Grande-Ourse (Julie Payette) December 1, 2023  June 7, 2024
Pierre de Blois November 6 and 7, 2023  May 6 and 7, 2024
De La Salle November 20, 21 and 22, 2023  May 22, 23 and 24, 2024 
Omer-Deslauriers November 27 and 28, 2023 (TBC)  May 27 and 28, 2024 (TBC)
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Emily Carr September 19 and 20, 2023 March 19 and 20, 2024
Glen Cairn September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
Merivale HS September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
Featherston September 25, 2023 March 25, 2024
Earl of March September 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2023 March 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2024
Castor Valley September 26, 2023 March 26, 2024
Dunning Foubert September 26, 2023 March 26, 2024
W.O. Mitchell September 27, 2023 March 27, 2024
D Roy Kennedy September 28, 2023 March 28, 2024
Steve MacLean September 29, 2023 April 2, 2024
Maple Ridge September 29, 2023 April 2, 2024
Glashan October 3, 4 and 5, 2023 April 3, 4 and 5, 2024
Terry Fox October 10, 2023 April 9, 2024
Fallingbrook Community October 13, 2023 April 12, 2024
Longfields-Davidson Heights October 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2023 April 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2024
Summerside October 17, 2023 April 16, 2024 
Goulbourn Middle School  October 18, 19 and 20, 2023 April 17, 18 and 19, 2024 
Blossom Park  October 20, 2023  April 19, 2024 
Katimavik  October 23, 2023  April 22, 2024 
Vimy Ridge  October 24, 2023 April 23, 2024 
Cedarview October 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2023  April 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2024 
Roberta Bondar  October 25, 2023  April 24, 2024 
Bell  October 26, 2023  April 25, 2024 
Sawmill Creek  October 30, 2023  April 29, 2024 
A. Lorne Cassidy November 1, 2023 May 1, 2024
Metcalfe November 3, 2023 May 3, 2024
Woodroffe Avenue November 6, 2023 May 6, 2024
Jack Donohue November 7 and 8, 2023 May 7 and 8, 2024
Henry Munro November 8 and 9, 2023  May 8 and 9, 2024 
Queen Elizabeth November 10, 2023 May 16, 2024
Trillium November 10, 2023 May 10, 2024
Stonecrest November 14, 2023 May 14, 2024
Fielding Drive November 14, 2023 May 14, 2024
Alta Vista November 15, 2023 May 15, 2024
Hawthorne November 15, 2023 May 15, 2024
Pinecrest November 16, 2023 May 16, 2024 
Vincent Massey   November 16, 2023  May 16, 2024 
Huntley Centenial  November 17, 2023 May 17, 2024 
Heritage  November 17, 2023  May 17, 2024 
Fisher Park/Summit Alternative  November 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2023 May 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2024 
Henry Larsen  November 20, 2023 May 21, 2024 
Agincourt Road  November 23, 2023 May 30, 2024 
 Kars on the Rideau November 28 and 29, 2023 May 28 and 29, 2024
 Hopewell Avenue December 1, 2023  June 3, 2024 
 York Street December 4, 2023  June 3, 2024 
 Sir Robert Borden December 4, 5 and 6, 2023 June 3, 4 and 5, 2024
 Broadview December 7 and 8, 2023 June 6, 2024
Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Dates Spring 2024 Dates
Mother Teresa September 18, 19 and 20, 2023 March 18, 19 and 20, 2024
Lester B September 21 and 22, 2023 March 21 and 22, 2024
All Saints October 3, 4 and 5, 2023 April 3, 4 and 5, 2024
St Patrick's October 10 and 11, 2023 April 9 and 10, 2024
Notre Dame October 11 and 12, 2023 April 10 and 11, 2024
St. Joseph October 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2023 April 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2024
St Peter October 23, 24, 25 and 27, 2023 April 22, 23, 24 and May 2, 2024
Sacred Heart October 30, 31 and Nov 1, 2, 2023 April 29, 30; May 1 and 2, 2024
St Matthew October 31 and November 1, 2023 April 30 and May 1, 2024
St Mark November 6 and 7, 2023 May 6 and 7, 2024
St Michael Fitzroy November 17, 2023 May 17, 2024
Holy Trinity November 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2023 May 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2024
Frank Ryan November 27 and 28, 2023 May 27 and 28, 2024
St Paul November 29 and 30, 2023 May 29 and 30, 2024
Immaculata December 4 and 5, 2023 June 4 and 7, 2024
St Francis Xavier December 5, 6 and 7, 2023 June 4, 5 and 6, 2024
Private schools
Grade 7 Vaccination Clinics
School Fall 2023 Spring 2024
Kanata Montessori  September 18, 2023   March 18, 2024 
Centre Jules Léger  September 27, 2023  March 27, 2024
The Element  September 28, 2023  April 8, 2023 
Turnbull  October 10, 2023  April 9, 2024
MacDonald Cartier Academy  October 11, 2023  April 10, 2024
St Laurent Academy  October 20, 2023  April 19, 2024
Elmwood Private School  October 23, 2023  April 22, 2024
Ahlul Bayt  November 3, 2023  May 3, 2024
Abraar Private School  November 9, 2023  May 9, 2024
Lycée Claudel  November 24, 2023  May 31, 2024 
Ottawa Islamic School  November 24, 2023  May 27, 2024
Ottawa Christian School  December 1, 2023  May 31, 2024

Immunization Clinics - Elementary Schools

Ottawa Public Health is holding immunization clinics in select elementary schools. The clinics will offer routine childhood vaccines, school-based vaccines (usually given in grade 7), flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines will be offered on drop-in basis only; no appointment is necessary. Please bring your child’s immunization record with you.

For routine childhood vaccines, you are eligible to drop-in if your child identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • your child is a newcomer to Canada;
  • your child does not have an Ontario Health Card (OHIP);
  • your child does not have a primary health care provider, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner;
  • your child is currently unable to access routine vaccines through their health care provider.

For school-based vaccines (usually given in grade 7), you are eligible to drop-in if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series usually administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

Elementary clinic dates and locations will be added below as they are confirmed. These clinics will be open to anyone from the surrounding neighbourhoods during after school hours specified below. 

Clinic Dates and Locations

School Name Address Hours of Operation
St. John Paul II School        1500 Beaverpond Dr.

February 12, 2024

3:10 pm to 7:00 pm

Featherston Drive Public School  1801 Featherston Dr.

February 12, 2024

3:45 pm to 7:00 pm

Holy Family School  245 Owl Dr.

February 13, 2024

3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Gabrielle-Roy 3395 D'Aoust Ave.

February 13, 2024

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire catholique Horizon-jeunesse 349 Olmstead St.

February 14, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Rita School 1 Inverness Ave

February 14, 2024

3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Manor Park Public School 100 Braemar St.

February 20, 2024

3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Charlotte Lemieux 2093 Bel-Air Dr.

February 20, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Michael School (Ottawa) 437 Donald St.

February 21, 2024

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Luke School (Ottawa) 2485 Dwight Cres.

February 21, 2024

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Metcalfe Public School 2701 8th line Rd.

February 26, 2024

2:35 pm to 7:00 pm

Bells Corners Public School 3770 Old Richmond Rd.

February 26, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St Brigid School 200 Springfield Rd.

February 27, 2024

3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Roberta Bondar Public School 159 Lorry Greenburg Dr.

February 27, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

St. Brother André School 1923 Elmridge Dr.

February 28, 2024

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Trille-des-Bois 140 Genest St.

February 28, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Roland Michener Public School 100 Penfield Dr.

March 4, 2024

3:15 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Francojeunesse 119 Osgoode St.

March 4, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dunlop Public School 1310 Pebble Rd.

March 5, 2024

3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Louise-Arbour 175 Beech St.

March 5, 2024

4:15 pm to 7:00 pm

Severn Avenue Public School 2553 Severn Ave.

March 6, 2024

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

École élémentaire publique Séraphin-Marion 2147 Loyola Ave.

March 6, 2024

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

 

Immunization Clinics - High Schools

Ottawa Public Health will hold catch-up clinics in select high schools for youth in grades 8 to 12 who missed the opportunity to receive their vaccine(s) due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinics will offer the three vaccines normally offered at school in grade 7 (including the Meningococcal Conjugate ACYW-135, human papillomavirus and hepatitis B) and the 3 in 1 tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines will also be available. These clinics will be held during school hours and will only be open to students who attend the school. 

COVID-19 and flu vaccines can be given at the same time as, or any time before and after administration of routine school vaccines. The latest XBB-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and annual Seasonal Flu vaccine will be available in these clinics. Please see COVID-19 vaccines and flu vaccines for more information.  

Memo to Parents
English

Memo to Parents (pdf - 142 KB)

Consent Forms

The following vaccine consent forms will be sent electronically to families to print off, or a paper form can be picked up in the school office:

Consent Type English Arabic Simplified Chinese Somali

School Based Vaccines 

School vaccine consent form 

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نموذج المدرسة للموافقة عىل اللقاح

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学校疫苗同意书

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FOOMKA OGGOLAANSHAHA EE TALLAALKA DUGSIGA

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COVID-19 Vaccine 

COVID-19 vaccine consent form  

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Influenza (Flu) Vaccine 

Influenza consent form      

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Fact Sheets

The following school-based vaccines are being given in these catchup clinics. Please find the fact sheet in your preferred language: 

  English and French Arabic Simplified Chinese Somali
 Meningitis

Men C ACYW Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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لقاح التيتانوس، والدفترييا والسعال يك الدي،

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脑膜炎和疫苗

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Tallaalka Meningokokal ee Isku dhafan ACYW-135 

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Human papilloma virus

HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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يوملقشسرحبا ف

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人乳头瘤病毒(HPV)和疫苗  

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Human Babilimofayras iyo tallaalka

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 Hepatitis B

HB Vaccine Fact Sheet English and French

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لقاح التهاب الكبد ب B H

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乙肝病毒和疫苗 - 

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Cagaarshowga B iyo Tallaalka

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 Tdap

Tdap Vaccine Fact Sheet English 

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ورقة معلومات: لقاح التيتانوس )الكزاز(، الدفتيريا )الخناق(، السعال الديكي )الشاهوق(

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8资料说明:破伤风、白喉、百日咳疫苗(Tdap)

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Xaashida Macluumaadka: Tallaalka Teetanada, Gawracatada, Xiiqda 

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Catch-up clinic dates will be added as clinics are confirmed. You will also receive information from your child’s school by email to let you know when Ottawa Public Health will be offering a clinic. 

Clinic Dates and Locations
School  Clinic Date
Glebe Collegiate Institute Thursday, February 15, 2024  
Gloucester High School Thursday, February 15, 2024  
Notre Dame High School Friday, February 16, 2024  
Collège catholique Samuel-Genest Friday, February 16, 2024  
St. Pius X High School Thursday, February 22, 2024 
École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité Thursday, February 22, 2024 
Ridgemont High School Friday, February 23, 2024 
École secondaire publique Pierre-de-Blois Friday, February 23, 2024 
Sir Robert Borden High School Thursday, February 29, 2024 
École secondaire publique Louis-Riel Thursday, February 29, 2024 
Sir Guy Carleton High School Friday, March 1, 2024  
Nepean High School Friday, March 1, 2024  
Hillcrest High School Thursday, March 7, 2024  
École secondaire publique De la Salle Thursday, March 7, 2024  
St. Patrick’s High School Friday, March 8, 2024  
École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers Friday, March 8, 2024  

 

Community Vaccination Clinics 
 

Community Vaccination Clinics

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is now offering routine immunization services for children and youth who live in Ottawa and who are facing barriers in getting their routine immunizations in the community. Families are now able to book routine vaccine appointments using the Kids Come First booking page. 

Please note, this booking page includes all clinics offering routine vaccines through the Kids Come First- Vaccinate and Up-to-Date campaign and not just those operated by Ottawa Public Health.

Ottawa Public Health clinic locations and hours of operation
If you require additional disability-related accommodations, please fill out the Vaccine Accessibility Assessment Form at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment. With less than 48 hours, Ottawa Public Health will strive to meet all accommodation needs, however, may not be able meet all requirements.

Clinic

Address

Hours of operation

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary

School

1515 Tenth Line Rd.

New clinic dates:

  • Friday, February 23: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Monday, February 26: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday, March 1: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday, March 5: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Friday, March 8: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday, March 12: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday, March 13: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
J.H Putman School

 

2051 Bel-Air Dr.

New clinic dates:

  • Thursday, February 22: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Tuesday, February 27: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday, February 29: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Monday, March 4: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday, March 7: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Monday, March 11: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Thursday, March 14: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • Friday, March 15: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
Tony Graham Recreation Complex – Kanata 100 Charlie Rogers Place

New clinic date:

  • Wednesday, February 28: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
  • Wednesday, March 6: 12:45 to 7:10 pm
Vaccines offered at our clinics
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (Two, four, six, 18 months)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (Two, four, 12 months) 
  • Rotavirus (Two, four, six months)
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (12 months) 
  • Meningococcal conjugate-C (12 months)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) (15 months)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Polio (Tdap-Polio) (Fur to six years old)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMR-V) (Four to six years old)
  • Meningococcal conjugate-ACYW135 (Grade 7)
  • Hepatitis B (Grade 7)
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (Grade 7)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) (14 to 16 years old)
  • COVID-19 vaccine will also be available during your routine vaccine appointment (Six months and over)

You can book an appointment for your child or youth who:

  • Lives and/or goes to daycare or school in Ontario; and
  • Is due for recommended vaccinations;
  • Does not have a family physician or pediatrician or a Primary Health Care nurse practitioner (PHC-NP) or cannot easily access/see their family physician, pediatrician, or PHC-NP.

Note that an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card is not required to book an appointment. 

Book a vaccination appointment

For school-based vaccines, you are eligible to book an appointment if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

School-based vaccines offered include:

If you require disability-related accommodations, please fill out this  COVID-19 Vaccine Accessibility Assessment form at least 48 hours before your appointment (please indicate the time and date of your appointment). With less than 48 hours, Ottawa Public Health will strive to meet all accommodation needs; however, may not be able meet all requirements. 
Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs

Ottawa Public Health is now offering routine vaccination services for children and youth who live in Ottawa and who are facing barriers getting their routine vaccines in the community.

For routine childhood vaccines, you are eligible to drop-in if your child identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • your child is a newcomer to Canada;
  • your child does not have an Ontario Health Card (OHIP);
  • your child does not have a primary health care provider, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner;
  • your child is currently unable to access routine vaccines through their health care provider.

For school-based vaccines, you are eligible to drop-in if your youth identifies with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your youth in grade 7 or 8 was unable to attend or receive school-based vaccines at their school clinic
  • Your youth in grades 9 to 12 has not completed their school-based vaccine series normally administered at school in grade 7 (hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine)

School-based vaccines offered include:

*Please see below for the hub locations offering school-based vaccines, routine childhood vaccines and other services. No appointment necessary.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis clinics

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health offers Routine Childhood vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines

Reducing pain during vaccination

Getting a vaccine can be a new experience for you and your baby. Toddlers and youth can sometimes be a bit afraid. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the pain of a vaccine. Give it your best shot!

For babies

Breastfeed

  • Breastfeed your baby five minutes before the injection, as well as during and after vaccinations, to reduce pain and to provide comfort.

Breastfeed to minimize vaccination pain - two months - YouTube

Breastfeed to minimize vaccination pain – six months - YouTube

Hold comfortably

  • Hold the baby close to your body, in a front-to-front position with both legs exposed. This reassuring close contact can help to reduce pain. 

Offer sugar water

  • For babies 12 months of age or less, who are not breastfed, give a few drops of sugar solution (on the tip of the infant's tongue) one minute before the injection. Repeat administration of a few drops of sugar solution just before the injection. The sweet solution provides a few minutes of pain relief during vaccination.
  • Purchase a pre-mixed sugar solution at a pharmacy or prepare one at home by mixing 5 mL (one teaspoon) sugar with 10 mL (two teaspoons) water. Do not use honey.
  • Never use sugar water at home to calm a fussy or crying baby, as this can lead to tooth decay.
  • Feed your baby or give sips of water to clean the baby's mouth after vaccination.

Other option

  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.

For toddlers and young children

Prepare your child ahead of time

  • Read stories about what happens when you visit the doctor.
  • Offer an honest explanation about what to expect. Prepare young children (under 4 years of age) just before the injection. Prepare older children the day before.
  • Describe how vaccination will feel (for example, like a pinch).
  • Tell your child what they can do to ease the pain (for example, sit still, breathe deeply, relax the arm).
  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.

Distract your child

  • Draw your child's attention away from the needle. This is one of the best ways that you can help your child. 
  • Distract your child with a favourite toy or blanket, a book, music, singing, or telling a joke or a story.
  • Tell your child to take a deep breath and to blow it out slowly. Blowing bubbles or blowing on a pinwheel can help also. 

Position your child in an upright position

Hold your young child securely in a comforting hug, sitting upright on your lap, facing forward, or facing you (front to front), with the arm exposed. Lying flat on their back during an injection, or being held too tightly, can be scary for children and can increase their fear. Older children can sit alone if they wish, with the arm exposed.

If your child continues to move, ask your healthcare provider about the proper hold technique that is safest for your child.

Youth

Getting a vaccine might be scary for some youth. Try some of these helpful tips; they may be your best shot to help your youth overcome their fear.

Offer helpful distractions such as:

  • Talking to your youth
  • Having them listen to music with earphones
  • Getting them to play games or texting on a cell phone

For older children and youth who are very fearful, think about medications that numb the skin:

  • Talk to your health care provider or local pharmacist about creams such as EMLA® or Ametop® that can help numb the skin. They are available without a prescription.
  • Ask your health care provider to show you the right locations to apply the cream. Keep in mind that, on some visits, more than one injection may be given. Read the instructions before applying the product. It must be on the skin 30 to 60 minutes before the injection(s). 
  • Offering praise and a reward after vaccinations can help children and youth of all ages! 

Looking for more information?

Do you have more questions about parenting?

  • Connect with a registered nurse from Health811 for free, secure, and confidential health advice. Service is available 24/7 in English and French, with translation support also offered in other languages. Call 8-1-1 or visit Health811.ontario.ca.
  • Connect with a Community Navigator from 2-1-1 for information about community programs and resources across Eastern Ontario. Helpline service is available 24/7 and in many different languages. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211ontario.ca.
  • Connect with a Public Health Nurse and other parents on the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page.
  • There are a variety of services to make it easier for your child to grow up healthy in Ottawa.
  • You can update your child's immunization record using either the CANImmunize App or the Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) Tool
  • If you have received a message from Ottawa Public Health such as a letter or a call regarding immunization, an infectious disease, or infection control lapse, please call 613-580-6744 and listen to the menu options carefully.

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