I'm scared of needles after I got my blood taken once and they couldn't find my veins. Do I have to get the HPV vaccine done with a needle?
After your experience, it's understandable that you're nervous about anything to do with needles. Usually, having blood taken isn't as bad as the experience you had.
Getting a shot is a lot easier than a blood draw. A shot is over much faster, and the procedure is simpler because the needle doesn't need to go into a vein. Medical professionals who give lots of shots get really good at it. Even though it feels like a pinch, it doesn't hurt for long.
Naturally, it's tempting to skip shots. But resist that temptation! Vaccines help prevent serious illnesses that can be much worse than getting a shot.
Here's another reason to get that shot: Giving in to a fear can reinforce that fear and make it stronger. Try taking a deep breath and thinking of your HPV shot as a way to overcome a fear. Challenge yourself to face the fear — and give yourself a reward afterward.
Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC
Date reviewed: November 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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