Unmanaged needle fear is very distressing for those affected and can influence health-care choices. Science-backed methods can help people manage their phobia and get vaccinated.
For the one in 10 people with a significant fear of needles, getting a vaccination is distressing. This can disrupt vaccination campaigns, but there are effective ways to manage pain and fear.
People who are afraid of needles are twice as likely to be vaccine hesitant, new research shows.
Though many adults report a fear of needles, most research on needle fear has focused on children.
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Free doughnuts and lotteries may drive some people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. But for those who are afraid of needles, other interventions may be necessary.
See, no crying or big needles, just a person of colour showing off his plaster. This image does the job without scaring people and demonstrates diversity.
Our well-meaning efforts to use images to help demystify the vaccination process or share our pride in getting a COVID vaccine can backfire.
It’s no secret many kids (and adults) don’t like needles. But where needle phobia can be a barrier to vaccine acceptance, it’s important to set your children up not to fear injections. Here’s how.
The widespread fear of needles is a public health problem, particularly in the time of COVID-19.
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What happens when we have a COVID-19 vaccine – and millions are afraid of a needle?
Anti-vaccine protesters at a rally.
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Studies have shown that the reasons for anti-vaccine sentiment run deep, and scientific facts don’t often matter. A new study drills deeper into reasons for resistance and possible ways to counteract them.
Patient and doctor in hospital room.
Almost half of all needle sticks in a hospital may be unnecessary, a recent study shows. There’s a way to be done with one, thus avoiding the pain of extra sticks.