Needle Hesitancy: Here we are. Now what?

As supply for COVID19 vaccination in the US begins to outstrip demand, the impact of antivax sentiment is becoming evident. The associations with politics, socioeconomic status and education, however, miss the biggest – and PROVEN – cause of antivax sentiment. Needle hesitancy. In “The Big Chill”, Jeff Goldblum notes “when was the last time you tried to get through the day without two to three juicy rationalizations?” People old enough to have seen this movie most likely aren’t anti-vax. We Gen-X folk were born before kids were routinely given boosters at an age when it could be traumatizing. We dismiss needle fear because we don’t remember vaccines, only the rare Bicillin shot for strep, and assume we’re morally superior because we’re tough. But because society values toughness, if you ARE afraid of needles, you’re 3x more likely to decide that perhaps your fear is really because the vaccine is dangerous. A rationalization is much easier than being stigmatized. Anna Taddio was the first to publish that of the 23% of adults who feared needles, 7% said they wouldn’t vaccinate their children because of it. Around the same time, our team researching the Buzzy device for needle pain discovered that the reason for

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Do Glasses Protect Against COVID?

Dr. Baxter talks this week about Herd Immunity, and 2 studies: one regarding COVID deaths and another that looks at a link between wearing glasses and protection against the coronavirus.

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Healthcare Industry

News Updates from Dr. Baxter Feb. 17, 2021

Rather than live-streaming each Wednesday, I’m going to answer a question that’s come in, and give an ‘inside-scoop’ look into the exciting life of an Entrepreneur In Pandemic!  This week: Why we think schools are safer from COVID than FLU and A Week in the Life

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Buzzy – Pain Relief for Pediatric Vaccinations

According to the NIH post on Buzzy, needle sticks from vaccinations or blood draws are the most common, and oftentimes most distressing, medical procedure for children and their parents. Read more about that post as well as see helpful links to additional resources, including the abstract and project documentation from the NICHD grant that supported the development of Buzzy.

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Herd Immunity by March?

A new article says that children are less likely to catch and spread Covid-19. Their viral load might be the same, but because sinuses do not develop until later in life, the ACE2 receptors are far less numerous.

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Nasal Irrigation & Cholesterol

Nasal irrigation study update! Funded by Augusta University Foundation, Neilmed, and Navage, the study is at the end of enrollment and is beginning to look at findings.

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Don’t Like Needles? Here Are Facts & Solutions

Addressing needle fear is critical to the public health plan for the rollout of the COVID vaccine. Dr. Baxter has researched vaccine refusal for 15 years. Her recent data indicates that identifying anxiety and reducing pain with the first injection could dramatically improve the second #COVID19 vaccine uptake by as much as 35% and help save lives.

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COVID Mutations, Slow Vaccine Rollout & “Jumping the Line”

In her first video of 2021, Dr. Baxter covers the realities of a massive vaccine rollout. Is the COVID Vaccine roll-out as slow as we think it is? Are people jumping the line? What role might children’s hospitals play in vaccinating large numbers of adults? What about those new strains? These questions and many more, answered.

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