Published in Vaccine Weekly, November 26th, 2003
Routine immunization injections are the most common painful procedures of childhood. With the continued introduction of new vaccines, children may now receive up to 20 injections by their second birthday, and despite an increased focus on pain assessment and management, infant injection-related pain remains largely untreated. Preliminary data suggest that untreated pain early in life may have sustained negative effects on the developing central nervous system.
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