Not a fan of needles? Local health expert shares recommendations to make getting vaccinated less stressful

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – If you hate needles, watching coverage on the COVID-19 vaccine might not be at the top of your list.

Some people experience overwhelming anxiety or even get physically sick at even the thought of getting a shot.

But health experts say it’s important for everyone to get vaccinated, which is why they are recommending ways to ease the fear of needles.

A good place to start is with deep breathing.

It lowers pain, relaxes muscles, and decreases anxiety – making getting a shot less painful.

Finding a distraction is also helpful.

Focusing on something else like playing a song or talking to someone can make you forget you’re even getting poked.

One health expert from Mayo Clinic Health System said the vaccine may seem overwhelming because COVID-19 itself is overwhelming.

To make sense of the big picture, you have to consider the small details.

“Getting the vaccine is an incredibly important part of the COVID-19 journey, but it’s also a really small part,” said Jessica Wadium, certified child life specialist. “We can break that down to ‘this is one to two moments in time where I need to do a small thing that’s not super pleasant, but overall it’s a few small actions in a greater scheme of things.'”

If you have a fear of needles it’s a good idea to let your health provider know ahead of time.

They may have their own unique tips to make things easier.