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Fear of needles during vaccinations

The vaccinations against the coronavirus have been given to so many already, we’re already busy with the booster doses. A milestone that has been much looked forward to. But what if you have a fear of needles and therefore do not dare to get the corona vaccine? Fortunately, fear of needles and syringes can be overcome.

Adults with fear of needles

Are you afraid of medical needles and syringes? You are certainly not alone. Some people are so afraid that they avoid necessary medical procedures. The fear of seeing needles or the fear of the pain caused by them usually originates from a traumatic experience or from negative stories.

Symptoms of prick-fear

1.  When seeing needles or syringes you start trembling, sweating and nausea.

2.  High breath, hyperventilation.

3.  Rapid heartbeat or pressure in the chest.

4.  Tingling, dry mouth, dizziness.

5.  Feeling of fainting.

6.  Not being able to think clearly.

7.  There may also be anxiety in the days or hours before the injection. This is called anticipatory anxiety. This fear can cause headaches, an urge to avoid work and sleeplessness.

Tips for fear of needles

1.  You can reduce your fear of vaccinations step by step with the following tips. Experience shows that the more often you do allow yourself to get a shot, the more the fear decreases.

2.  Talk about your fear with acquaintances.

3.  Tell the person who is going to give you the shot about your fear of medical needles and aesthetic syringes.

4.  Look away when the needle comes into view.

5.  While you are getting the shot, think of something nice or of why it is important for you to have the vaccination.

6.  Do you dread the pain? With the Emla anaesthetic patch, you will feel (almost) no pain.

7.  Relax. Breathe deeply and stay focused on your breathing.

8.  Are you still not experiencing an improvement with these tips? Then seek professional help from your GP.

Preventing prickly pain with the Emla plaster

The Emla® plaster anaesthetises the skin locally so that you feel (almost) no pain. This is a handy remedy if you don’t like the pain of the needle at a vaccination. The numbing plaster is also suitable for the removal of warts or for small skin operations. The Emla plaster needs about 1 hour to take effect. Therefore, put the plaster on the right place at least 1 hour beforehand. Read the information leaflet carefully.