CARD for Kids and Adolescents

What is CARD™?

CARD™ (C - Comfort, A - Ask, R - Relax, D - Distract) is an evidence-based framework that teaches how to prepare for vaccination.

What are the benefits of CARD™?

  • It reduces stress-related reactions, including fear, pain, dizziness and fainting during vaccination.
  • It improves the vaccination experience for people receiving a vaccine and for those who support them, such as educators, parents and health care providers.
  • It teaches lifelong coping skills that can be used for other stressful situations.

 

For more information, see www.cardsystem.ca.

Immunize Canada, the University of Toronto (HELPinKids&Adults), and SickKids (AboutKidsHealth) have created resources to inform and equip educators, parents, and health care providers with evidence-based tools they can use to help people have a better vaccination experience at school or in a clinical setting.

HELPinKids&Adults – CARDTM. The CARDTM System: Comfort – Ask – Relax – Distract.

The CARDTM System

QR code: Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience

Use CARD to improve your vaccination experience - QR code

CARD System handout for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System handout for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System activity for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

CARD System activity for school-aged children: Coping with pain and fear around vaccination

Reducing pain with numbing cream for vaccination

Reducing pain with numbing cream for vaccination

Comfort positions: Improving the vaccination experience

Comfort positions: Improving the vaccination experience

 

C is for Comfort

Preparing for your vaccination - C is for Comfort.

A is for Ask

Preparing for your vaccination - A is for Ask.

R is for Relax

Preparing for your vaccination - R is for Relax

D is for Distraction

Preparing for your vaccination - D is for Distraction.

Nervous about getting needles?

CARD for teens - handout

The CARD System for coping with fears and anxiety

CARD for Individuals

 

 

School Vaccinations – The CARD™ System: Play your power CARD

The CARD System for a better vaccination experience: C is for Comfort

The CARD System for a better vaccination experience: A is for Ask

The CARD System for a better vaccination experience: R is for Relax

The CARD System for a better vaccination experience: D is for Distract


Last Updated: 01 December 2021