5 Tips to Reduce Vaccine Shot Phobia


Although there is no date, there is not so much left for children over 12 years old to be vaccinated against Covid-19. This can pose a problem of fear of pain from medical injections. But the truth is that this also affects adults. Write down these tips to reduce vaccine prick phobia.

According to Aspen Pharma, this fear of needles, also known as trypanophobia, is much more frequent than we imagine: in addition to being a frequent fear in children, it affects 20% -25% of adults, that is, up to one quarter of the population.

Topical anesthesia

Experts recommend, for example, alleviating pain and ensuring the comfort of this patient with the application of topical anesthesia that is applied in various ways depending on the topical anesthetic used and its mode of presentation.

For this it is advised apply the cream 1 hour before the puncture and cover it with an air and water impermeable dressing. The application is easy and you can do it yourself at home before going to the appointment with the healthcare professional who will administer the vaccine.

These types of creams provide anesthesia that can last up to 4 hours. Everything will depend on the amount of anesthetic applied and its concentration.

Stress reduction

According to the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Spanish Pediatric Association (CAV-AEP) 2, guidelines are necessary with recommendations to reduce stress at the time of vaccination.

How is this managed? Well, it depends on the age of each one. In children it is recommended to prior psychological preparation and administering the injection in an upright position, as well as using distraction techniques and topical anesthetics.

Psychological preparation

In older adults and adolescents, psychological preparation, distraction techniques, and topical anesthetics are also useful.

Relaxation exercises

In adults, Aspen Pharma names, to reduce the phobia to the injection of the vaccine, the relaxation exercises, like breathing slowly and deeply, exhaling very slowly.

A sitting position is recommended at the time of injection to avoid possible dizziness.


In the elderly, more attention is required and it is always good that they are accompanied by another family member or trusted person when giving a vaccine or injection, especially in the case of having a real fear of needles.

It is also better that they should be seated and in a comfortable place where they have been able to relax a little previously.

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