Twenty percent of people have a fear of needles.The fear of needles is both a learned and an inherited condition. A fairly small number inherit a fear of needles, but most people acquire needle phobia around ages four to six.
If you suffer from a fear of needles, it's important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can suggest therapy options, modify treatments, decrease the number of shots you're scheduled to get, and even offer some pain-free alternatives to injections.
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It is recommended that all individuals see a Family Doctor for a full medical examination annually. Adults should get their blood pressure checked (US Preventive Task Force), a flu vaccine (CDC) and more each year.