A child sits at the doctor’s office, screaming and sobbing while awaiting vaccination. The mental image can be enough to make a parent wonder if taking them to get the shot is truly worth it.

Jody Thomas, CEO of the Meg Foundation, calls this worry “the fear of the freakout.” While normal, it’s nevertheless important to help children get the vaccines their doctors recommend, said Thomas, whose nonprofit organization aims to help families with pain management.

For Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose coronavirus vaccine — recently recommended by federal officials for children ages 5 to 11 — Thomas said it’s particularly crucial that parents help their kids overcome nervousness.

“With the covid vaccine, we’ve got to come back here in a couple weeks,” she said. “So the investment in making that first experience a good one is incredibly important because we want those kids to get that second vaccine.”