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Does the needle scare you from getting vaccinated



Does the needle scare you from getting vaccinated

Dr Paula Goel, Pediatrician & adolescent Physician , Fayth Clinic


‘A needle makes my blood run cold’ . Does the needle scare you , so that you avoid doing blood tests or taking any injections which are required including vaccinations .




Many are deathly afraid of a needle that could save their lives. So scary, in fact, that studies show the needle averse individuals  routinely skip medical procedures — vaccines, tooth removal, blood tests — that they know are good for them. 16 % of adults avoid the injections  because of it

Here are some  tips to distract you :

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  1. Distract yourself while you’re waiting.Bring along a game, book, music, or movie — something you’ll get completely caught up in so you’re not sitting in the waiting room thinking about the shot..
  2. Concentrate on taking slow, deep breaths.Breathe all the way down into your belly. Deep breathing can help people relax — and concentrating on something other than the shot can take your mind off it.
  3. Focus intently on something in the room.Find a picture, poster, or a sign on the wall. Concentrate on the details. Whatever it takes, keep focusing on something other than the shot until it’s over.
  4. Research shows that coughing once before and once during the shot can help some people feel less pain.
  5. Relax your arm.If you’re tense, it can make a shot hurt more — especially if you tense up the area where you’re getting the shot
  6. Don’t shame or humiliate. Acknowledge the fear as genuine and help your child work through it, even if it requires seeing a therapist
  7. Counseling for needle anxiety, is like any other phobias, through cognitive behavioral therapy Instead of avoiding pictures of needles, psychologists steadily expose patients to more and more images of needles. They progress to using fake but realistic needles to simulate the process of receiving an injection, even using real alcohol wipes.
  8. Experts and vaccine advocates say there are other, short-term solutions, including using pain-blocking gels, intentionally tensing and relaxing muscles repeatedly to induce relaxation, mindfulness, and flat-out distraction.
  9. Another technique is to press the thumb firmly into the child’s arm, producing a temporary soreness than can mask the sensation of the flu shot.
  10. If your child is truly needle-phobic, talk to your doctor about whether anti-anxiety medication is needed.
  11. If your child is simply anxious, try distractions: play games, ask questions, tell stories, sing songs, blow bubbles, show a movie or a cellphone video. Pre-schoolers can be caressed in a parent’s arms and comforted gently.
  12. Don’t lie to your child that the doctor’s visit won’t involve a shot or that that the shot will be absolutely painless. Dishonesty and trickery could exacerbate your child’s fear and distrust
  13. Sometimes people feel lightheaded or faint after getting a shot. If you feel funny, sit or lie down and rest for 15 minutes.
  14. Don’t hesitate to tell the doctor or nurse that you’re nervous before getting the shot. Medical professionals are used to people who are afraid of shots and they’ll be able to help you relax.

So , we hope some of these pointers will help you to deal with your fear of the needle and hopefully help you to get through medical procedures with less stress.

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International Travel Vaccination

International travellers often face health issues which they wouldn’t usually experience in their home country. With a little thought and preparation, you might just have an illness-free exciting international travel.

“Have you got your shots?”

The question is not as inappropriate as it sounds. There are few places on earth you literally can’t visit without getting vaccinated; several countries made vaccinations a mandatory requirement. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Do you really want some wild tropical disease ruining the travel you’ve been planning for months/years?

You should find out in advance whether any specific vaccinations may be recommended for travel to the region of the world you’ll be visiting. It’s also a good time to re-examine your own vaccination history. Travel experts always recommend that no matter where you’re travelling, you should make sure you’re up-to-date on routine vaccinations like T-dap (diphtheria/tetanus/whooping cough), annual flu shots and measles/mumps/rubella.

Not convinced? Think again: The world of infectious diseases is dynamic with unexpected outbreaks. Measles is on the rise in Europe this year and most of the European countries lost their grip on infectious diseases (mostly driven by the anti-vaxxer movement). And you will feel “There’s no place like home” when you encounter a bout of flu on the road.

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Vaccinations I need to have before travelling abroad?

Once you decide that your international travel plans, it’s wise to make an appointment with a travel health clinic to discuss your general health and immunization needs. Whether or not you will need particular vaccines, depending on several factors, including:

  • Your risk of exposure to diseases in the visiting countries
  • Your age, health condition, and vaccination history
  • The presence of additional individual risk factors, such as having pre-existing cardiovascular disease, pregnancy or having a condition that might weaken your immune system.
  • Length of travel abroad

The World Health Organization and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all travellers be up-to-date with the routine schedule of vaccinations and booster shots. These routine vaccines include:

  • Tetanus/ Diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • Rotavirus

Some vaccinations are simply recommended while others are required if travelling to specific countries. Very few vaccines are classified as required (mandatory) by International Health Regulations. The yellow fever vaccination is required for travel to countries in the sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccine is required by Saudi Arabia for pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina for the annual (Hajj) or at any time (Umrah). Other vaccines, for example, “Recommended” vaccinations are given to protect travellers from illnesses that occur routinely in other parts of the world. Some examples of vaccines that may be recommended for international travellers (remember you may need more or fewer depending on your individual circumstances) include Hepatitis A, rabies, typhoid fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis etc.

Weigh the costs of vaccinations

Travel experts recommend that before travelling to a developing region, you visit a travel clinic — where the doctors’ major focus is on helping you stay healthy on the road — at least six weeks before your trip. But there’s a catch: routine shots are covered by most health insurance plans, a trip to a travel clinic and vaccines that are recommended or required for travel are usually not.

How long do the vaccinations last?

Many vaccines which are used today are relatively new. Lifelong immunity is not always provided by either vaccination or natural infection (getting the disease). The suggested timing of vaccine doses aims to achieve the best immune protection to cover the period in life when vulnerability to the disease is highest. Waning immunity is a problem for few vaccines. Tetanus needs regular boosters for good protection and you have to get a flu vaccine each and every year. High-risk groups are who travel to southern hemisphere in summer. This is because the flu virus mutates and it is a ruthless master of disguise, usually rendering the previous year’s vaccine partly or totally ineffective.

Recommended Adult Immunizations for Foreign Travel

  • Hep A – 2 doses
  • Hep B- 3 doses
  • HPV – 3 doses
  • Typhoid Fever – 1 dose; a booster every 2 years
  • Meningococcal – 1 dose
  • MMR- 2 doses
  • Tdap – 2 doses
  • Rabies- 3 doses
  • Yellow fever – 1 dose
  • Chicken pox – 2 doses
  • Influenza- 1 dose

(Read about : Immunization for students going abroad)

Side effects

Vaccinations are like any other medication in that they can have side effects. These are generally unpleasant rather than unsafe, although very rarely severe allergic reactions can occur. There’s no evidence that they disrupt your immune system in any way.

The most common reactions are mild headaches and fever, soreness around the injection site (sometimes with redness and swelling), and maybe nausea, vomiting or a general feeling of being unwell. Hepatitis A vaccine, for example, can occasionally give you a fever in the evening while tetanus commonly gives you a sore arm.

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What to do for diseases for which there are no vaccines?

Vaccines are available for only a few of the diseases. For instance, there are no vaccines for malaria, ebola, dengue fever, dysentery sexually transmitted infections (STIs) etc.

Malaria, for example, is present in over 100 countries and 40% of the World’s population is at risk. Large areas of Southern and central America, the Middle East, Africa, India, Southeast Asia and Oceania are considered malaria risk areas. There is not a vaccine available for malaria, but your doctor can prescribe preventive or prophylactic antimalarial medications. Always consult your doctor or a reputed travel clinic for advice on diseases without vaccinations.

Travel insurance:

While we’re talking about tropical diseases and staying healthy on the road, think also about Travel insurance as the peace of mind it buys is worth every penny. Whatever you may decide for vaccination but you should make sure to travel abroad with insurance. Don’t let the extra money deter you from making the investment of travel insurance and it’s a true travel essential, alongside your passport and money. However, read the entire policy before purchasing and international travel is not a time you want any shockers. Keep in mind that most insurance is sold in packages, so it’s important to comb through the inclusions in each to pick the package best tailored for you.

Fayth Clinic provides the best vaccination program in Mumbai. They are famous as the international travel vaccination providers in Mumbai, India.

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Improve Your Immunity Through Vaccination

Vaccination is a procedure to inject an antigenic material to body to enhance Individual’s Immune system.  Immunization helps to prevent further infection and diseases.

Vaccines protect us against deadly diseases, therefore, lifesaving, especially children. In countries where routine vaccination of the entire population, many diseases have been eradicated or much it diminished its impact. The vaccine protects not only the child but also to those who live with him and are not vaccinated. Therefore, vaccines also bring social benefits.

Vaccination is not only an individual decision. When a man is immunized, they prevent disease from being spread to others in the community, including:

  • Babies too young to receive vaccines
  • Unvaccinated kids and grown-ups
  • Pregnant ladies
  • The elderly

People with weakened immune systems,like those with asthma, chronic illness, or undergoing treatment for cancer Individuals who are allergic to vaccine components.

Vaccination in Mumbai

Fayth Online Clinic provides 3 types of Vaccination in Mumbai such as Vaccination 0-6yrs, Vaccination 7-18yrs and Adults Vaccination.

Vaccination 0-6yrs : Vaccines are suggested for children between ages 0 and 6 years to prevent a number of serious or even deadly diseases.

Vaccination 7-18yrs : The Tdap vaccine protects from 3 serious diphtheria, diseases tetanus, and pertussis. All three diseases have potentially fatal consequences.

Adults Vaccination : Immunizations are an important step in protecting grown-ups against serious, sometimes deadly, infections. Even if you were vaccinated at a younger age, the protection from some vaccines can wear off or the virus or bacteria that the vaccine protects against changes so your resistance is not as strong.

Prevent all serious diseases by taking proper vaccination, at an affordable cost. Query Us and clear your doubts about Vaccination.

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