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Painless Vaccination: Everything you Need to Know About

Painless Vaccination
Medically reviewed by Dr Dhaval Prajapati, MD,IDCCM, EDIC, FIECMO, FCCS

As parents, we always want the best for our children, and protecting them from harm is our top priority. When it comes to vaccination, we know that it is crucial for keeping our little ones safe from a range of serious illnesses. However, it can be tough to watch our babies cry during the process. We want a solution that protects them from diseases for a long time but we don’t want to see them in pain.

Fortunately, advances in technology have led to the development of painless vaccination methods that can make the process easier and more comfortable for both parents and babies. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of painless vaccination and how it can help us protect our little ones without causing unnecessary stress and discomfort.

What is Painless Vaccination?

Vaccines are an important part of keeping us healthy, but for some, it can be a painful experience. No one likes needles and shots, so what is a painless vaccination? 

Painless vaccination refers to the administration of a vaccine without causing significant pain or discomfort to the recipient. Painless vaccination is also known as the DaPT vaccine. This combination vaccine gives three immunizations in one shot: diphtheria, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus. It’s formulated with less antigen than traditional vaccinations, allowing it to be given in smaller doses that are virtually painless. Plus, the DaPT shot can help protect children from several serious illnesses at once – making it easier for you to keep your child up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Painless vs. Painful Vaccine

Here’s a table comparing the painless DaPT vaccine with the painful DPT vaccine:

DaPT Vaccine
DPT Vaccine
Pain Level
Administration Method
Usually, Needle-free, delivered through a jet injector
Administered with a needle
Number of Injections
Typically requires fewer injections
Typically requires more injections
Side Effects
Fewer side effects reported
More common side effects reported, such as fever, pain, and swelling at the injection site
May be more expensive than traditional DPT vaccine
Typically less expensive than the DaPT vaccine

Note: DaPT stands for Diphtheria, acellular pertussis, tetanus vaccine while DPT stands for Diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccine. The DaPT vaccine is a newer version of the DPT vaccine that uses a different form of pertussis vaccine that is less likely to cause pain and other side effects.

Are Painless Vaccines Safe and Effective?

Yes, the Painless Vaccines are Safe and Effective. Recent studies have shown that both painless and painful vaccines are equally effective in preventing diseases such as Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT) and their severe forms. This means that while painless vaccines are recommended, parents can rest assured that their child is still protected with a traditional painful vaccine. 

However, it’s important to remember that no vaccine is 100% effective. Even if a vaccinated child becomes immune to the disease, they can still carry and spread it to other unvaccinated children or those with weaker immune systems. Additionally, if a child’s immunity is compromised, they may still be at risk of contracting the disease. As such, it’s crucial to continue promoting vaccination and maintaining herd immunity to protect our communities from preventable diseases.

Advantages of Painless Vaccination

The advantages of Painless vaccinations are:

  1. Causes Less Pain: The amount of pain experienced by a child during a painless vaccination is significantly less than a traditional vaccination, which can make the experience much more comfortable and less distressing for both the child and the parent.
  2. Minimal Swelling: Painless vaccinations are also associated with minimal to no swelling at the injection site, reducing the risk of discomfort or infection.
  3. Low Chances of Getting Fever: Additionally, painless vaccinations have a lower likelihood of causing fever after the shot, which is a common side effect of some traditional vaccines. These benefits make painless vaccinations a practical and attractive option for those seeking a more comfortable and low-risk immunization experience.

Side Effects of Painless Vaccine in Babies

In general, painless vaccines are considered safe and do not typically cause any side effects in babies. While painless vaccines are not entirely pain-free, the amount of pain experienced during the administration process is minimal.

One drawback of painless vaccinations is that they are more expensive, with the cost being double that of traditional painful vaccines. Despite the higher cost, many parents may consider the benefits of painless vaccines, such as reduced pain and fever, to be worth the added expense.

Myths Around Painless Vaccines

Below are the myths surrounding painless vaccines:

  • Vaccines that are painless cause no discomfort.
  • Each vaccine recommendation includes the option of a painful or painless version.
  • Pain-free vaccines are considerably more costly and middle class families can’t afford it.

What are some of the most important vaccines for children (0-10) in India?

Some important vaccines for children aged 0 to 10 include: 

  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • BCG (Tuberculosis )
  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) 
  • HepA (Hepatitis A)
  • HepB (Hepatitis B)
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • MenACWY (Meningococcal) 
  • PCV (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • PPSV (Pneumovax polysaccharide vaccine) 
  • IPV, OPV (Polio)
  • RV (Rotavirus)
  • JE (Japanese encephalitis )

Final Thoughts

Health-e is a convenient tool that can help parents stay on top of their child’s vaccination schedule by providing timely reminders. By utilizing this app, parents can take an active role in safeguarding their child’s health and ensuring that they receive the recommended vaccines at the appropriate times. 

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Jigar Patel is the Founder of Health-e, a HealthTech app that simplifies health records management along with providing personalized and preventative healthcare solutions. Although he has 20+ years of operations and management experience in the EPC domain, Jigar’s true passion lies in making healthcare simpler, faster and more accessible for doctors and patients alike. He strongly believes that people need to be empowered to participate in their own healthcare and is constantly thinking of ways to build this into his app. He loves to keep things simple be it in life, product design, his work or the content he develops. Being married for 10 years and having 2 kids have taught him that perspective matters, so you can always count on him to share new perspectives on various topics.