Dogs help to ease kids into getting flu shots

Therapy dogs were on hand for kids receiving their flu vaccine. The dogs helped to calm the kids and help to distract them from the needles. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Getting a flu shot is not always easy for children.

But students at School No. 33 had some help Tuesday in the form of some four-legged friends.

Therapy dogs were on hand for kids receiving their flu vaccine. The dogs helped to calm the kids and help to distract them from the needles.

The program, which is offered through Rochester Regional Health, seemed to be a hit. The kids enjoyed the company of the dogs and forgot they were there for a shot.

"I was glad and it felt nice because I wasn't that scared with the dog with me," said Isabella, who got her shot Tuesday.

"We are using pet therapy and our good friend Lovie to help decrease the anxiety associated with the flu vaccine," said LeKeyah N. Wilson, who works with Rochester Regional Health.

Medical professionals were able to immunize more than 30 children Tuesday. The program will continue throughout the flu season.

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