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