Many Adults Fear Vaccine Needles

DALLAS, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Many people — not just children — have a fear of needles but that shouldn’t keep adults from getting vaccinated, a U.S. health psychologist says.

“It’s very common to have a fear of needles,” Dr. Deborah Wiebe, a health psychologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says in a statement. “For most people, these are manageable fears that can be addressed through a variety of simple pain-management strategies.”

Some ways adults can help ease needle anxiety:

– Some people prefer to know what to expect. Ask the health care professional to explain each step. An accurate, gentle reply such as, “You’ll get a shot in the arm. It will sting briefly, then it will be over,” can be reassuring.

– Imagine being on a relaxing beach, feeling the warmth of the sun and hearing the waves come in and go out.

– Take slow, deep breaths while concentrating on relaxing muscles.

“Different strategies work for different people, so if one thing doesn’t work, try another,” Wiebe says.

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