Fear of Needles Keeps Many Away From Vaccines

Many Americans would rather risk the flu than get stuck with a needle, a new survey suggests.

The online – and admittedly unscientific – poll conducted by Target included 2,160 respondents. The results: “60 percent of adult Americans would skip getting vaccinated against the flu, and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of those Americans would skip being vaccinated because they don’t like needles.”

Not coincidentally, this week Target began offering a new $28 “micro-needle” flu vaccine. It’s not only less scary, it’s less painful…

The intradermal flu shot uses a micro-needle, which is 90 percent smaller than the traditional flu shot needle, helping to alleviate the fear of needles.

Because of the intradermal needle’s smaller size, it is inserted directly under the skin rather than into the muscle, resulting in less muscle-ache and pain immediately following injection. Along with the new intradermal flu shot, Target will offer traditional flu shots and high-dose vaccines for guests 65 years and older.

Before getting a shot, learn how to protect yourself with 9 Tips to Avoid the Flu. Then research to see if you need one: Learn how in 11 Vaccines That Can Save Your Money and Your Life.

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