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.
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?
Strategies to ease pain and fear during injections are recommended by health organizations such as the Canadian Paediatric Society.
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These strategies for easing needle pain and fear make vaccinations and other injections easier for parents and children. They are simple and helpful for all ages, from infants to adults.
There are a few explanations as to why some people faint when they get needles or feel pain.
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Needle exchanges don’t put more syringes on the streets. In this photo a clean syringes chart is shown at the Aids Center of Queens County needle exchange outreach center in New York in 2006.
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