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Being afraid of needles is not a valid reason to avoid chipping in to save someone's life.
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Just warn your doctor first.
The annual flu shot can be a dreaded battle for those with kids; tears and screaming as your little one is reminded of his/her last vaccine experience: a pointy needle and pain in the arm. But for those looking to escape the crying, screaming and the anxiety, there is another option.
I regularly get the flu shot and I vaccinate my children too. But every so often, I question these decisions, particularly when I come across words that are new to me, like "live attenuated vaccine" or a new vaccine delivery type, such as nasal mist instead of the usual needle. This happened to me this week while deciding whether to get the annual flu shot or not.
When I was nine, I had a bad experience while in the hospital with scarlet fever. A nurse restrained me and abruptly poked a needle into my arm, inflicting a pain that felt worse than a bee sting. I avoided having blood taken for the next 20 years, even if it meant risking my health.
If the thought of blood or pointy needles makes your stomach turn, then injections are probably your worst case scenario. We may try to close our eyes, think of our happy place or even ask a friend to...