Scared of needles? Try these simple tips
If you’re dreading the thought of getting an injection, here are nine ways to help ease the stress.
As Australia’s biggest-ever vaccination program rolls out, it’s safe to say that despite the countless benefits, millions of prospective recipients are not exactly relishing their double appointment with the needle.
Rachael McGuire is a nurse researcher with the Melbourne Vaccination Education Centre who specialises in immunisation education and vaccine safety – and has personally delivered thousands of vaccines. She identifies two main needle-averse types in the general population – those who “don’t really” like needles (“and that’s fine, I don’t know anyone that loves them”) and those who “really don’t” like needles and avoid them completely. Which is a real problem when it comes to receiving vital medical treatment.
This fits with estimates that up to 10 per cent of the population may be needle-phobic, and 20 per cent simply fear needles. While a professional psychologist may be able to help the former cohort via desensitisation and cognitive behaviour therapy, the latter can employ a few simple techniques to take the anxiety out of receiving a vaccine or any other needle-based medical procedure.