According to neuroscientist and communicator Samantha Yammin, vaccinophobia dates back to early adolescence. At the age of 12, she fainted for the first time after being vaccinated.
When I talked about my fear, I often ran into a lack of compassion. The medical staff advised me not to worry. As my fears were ignored, this process became more and more disturbing for me. she explains.
When it came time to get her the COVID-19 vaccine, she felt anxious … even though she wanted to get vaccinated.
It was very difficult for me to get to the vaccination clinic, although I really wanted to be vaccinated.
I’m talking about vaccines for six months. “Because of my vaccine, I experienced a lot of panic,” she says. It’s hard to get upset about a vaccine that will save your life.
And she is far from the only one who has faced this fear.
According to Evelyn Trottier, emergency pediatrician at CHU St-Justine in Montreal, about 20% of adults are afraid of needles, and almost two-thirds of children feel it too. But only 5-10% of the population suffers from extreme needle phobia, as is the case with Samantha Yammin.
Often the fear of needles arises from a bad childhood experience, especially because the patient’s exposure to the painful procedure was trivial. explains the pediatrician.
Clinical psychologist Rebecca Pillai Riddell also believes that parenting attitudes can have a big impact on how a child perceives needles. She says that both biological and social indicators are associated with fear of the needle.
How parents themselves respond to vaccines affects whether a child develops a needle phobia.– says Dr. Pillai Riddell.
How to distinguish fear from needle phobia
According to clinical psychologist Rebecca Pillai Riddell, the fear of needles is different from the fear of needles.
She explains that when someone is afraid of needles, they are afraid, they do not want to be vaccinated, but in the end, they can be vaccinated. When a person is afraid of needles, they do not receive the vaccine due to fear.
When someone suffers from a phobia of needles, it actually hurts their life.
A clinical psychologist argues that prick phobia can be treated with counseling and methods that reduce prick anxiety.
According to pediatrician Evelyn Trottier, a fear of needles can be detrimental to the health of a person … and even his children.
Fear and dread of needles have long-term consequences in adulthood. “This could mean that the person is not going to the doctor or dentist,” she explains. Some children are not vaccinated because they themselves are afraid of needles.
The fear of needles is not trivial. He can completely change the trajectory of caring for a person and even his children.
Solutions to reduce anxiety
For those who have a phobia or are afraid of needles, but still want to get vaccinated against COVID-19, there are possible solutions.
It is important to psychologically prepare for the meeting, ask yourself what you are going to think about, focus on breathing, says Dr. Trottier.
The pediatrician also suggests that adults who know they have a problem with needles go out and buy an anesthetic cream to get ready for the vaccination.
Listen to the person’s experience and empathize with what they go through while being vaccinated.
This is exactly what Samantha Yammin did, who was vaccinated at the end of May at a clinic offering accessibility measures in Toronto.
On the day of vaccination, I took a vacation. I cried a lot … I even had to postpone the date because I didn’t feel ready. Then, before leaving, I applied an anesthetic cream and listened to my music all the time, she confesses.
Physicians and nurses have often been taught that the procedure will be successful if it is successful … even if the patient is crying. But this is not the case; the patient must also make sure everything is going well! is launched by Dr. Evelyn Trottier.
In the end, Samantha Yammin did not pass out, and she found that her COVID-19 vaccination was one of her best vaccination experiences.
“It’s been a long time since I felt so good,” she said. I felt that I was being listened to, and this is so important.
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