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Ask a doc: ‘How can I make vaccinations and blood draws less scary for my child?’

Back-to-school time means a focus on children’s immunizations ahead of flu season — but the prospect of shots can be scary and anxiety-inducing for many kids.

Some two in three children have strong fears around needles, according to CDC data.

Evelyn Chan, pediatrician and CEO of Smileyscope in California, said preparing a child ahead of a vaccination or blood draw appointment can help alleviate anxiety and make the experience smoother. 

“If your child’s fear or anxiety persists or significantly affects their well-being, consider seeking professional help from a pediatrician or child psychologist.”

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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