It is technically called 'belonephobia', although many people universally speak of 'needle-phobia' or more simply, fear of needles.
It is an underrated problem that doctors and nurses have always had to deal with, and according to data collected before the pandemic, it affected 10-20% of the world's population. This is one more issue that needs to be addressed today, during the largest ever vaccination campaign against Covid-19 pneumonia with figures that according to the University of Michigan are even more worrying, based on an estimate of more than 16% of adults in several countries who refused the flu vaccination this year precisely because of a fear of the needle.
The news, published just a few weeks ago in the 'New York Times', has sparked an information campaign to understand the true scale of the problem. Mary Rogers, one of the authors of the study, points out that it is still too early to estimate how much of the actual proportion of Covid-19 vaccine refusers is due to needle-phobia. At the same time, however, she points out that the issue mainly concerns young people, who are also the most exposed to the risk of infection.
«My heart was beating wildly. My mind was saying, «Calm down, everything will be fine», but also, «It's terrifying, it will really hurt you. «Then» You don't know this person, so you can «Don't trust them». I was thinking about how to avoid it.
Raelene Goody, 31 year young woman, recently interviewed by BBC about the problem, with a cystic fibrosis patholgy, an inherited condition that causes lung infections and food digestion problems, requires regular injections, including an annual flu shot. But from the age of four to late teens, she suffered from severe needle phobia that left her "shaking" and often meant she needed to be sedated.
Doctors and healthcare professionals continue to recommend protocols, lists of actions and good practices to prepare for the injection or to support people during the injection to overcome fear. But still very few of them point to the real solution: a needle-free injection system that is safe, easy to use and certified as Comfort-in.