Most children are fearful of needles and approximately one in five kids (19%) aged 4-6 years old experience needle phobia.

A child’s initial interaction with needles in their primary years may be formative for their relationship with immunisations throughout their lives. As such, it’s important to cultivate a safe and positive vaccination experience.

This article discusses techniques and strategies to help prepare children for vaccination, including accessing professional help from play and child life therapists for those with needle phobia.

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Is your child frightened of needles? Here’s how to prepare them for their COVID vaccine