CARD for Parents
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.
School vaccinations: What you need to know about vaccines at school
School vaccinations – The CARD System: Play your power CARD
Parent video – School vaccinations: Improving the vaccination experience at school
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
HELPinKids&Adults – CARDTM. Preparing children for school vaccinations: A parent’s guide.