As progress continues toward finding a vaccine that prevents COVID-19, millions of Americans are frightened at even the notion of getting a shot. Studies suggest 63% of young adults – those born in 2000 or later – have a fear of needles.
Over the past 40 years, we have added 30 injections to a child’s vaccine schedule. This is a good thing: Today in the U.S., kids almost never die from a childhood infectious disease. But needle fear has blossomed. Reports of vaccine pain are also increasing. Solutions and how to make a plan are discussed in the article.
Bottom Line: Needle phobia is a direct threat to public health. Those who are afraid of shots may not get them. With COVID-19 upon us, addressing needle fear becomes more than making a doctor’s visit more pleasant. Now, it’s truly a lifesaving endeavor.
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