Linda Franck's Commentary on Reducing Immunization Distress

It is common to make light of people’s fear of needles, but from a public health perspective, needle phobia is no laughing matter. Present in at least 10 percent to 15 percent of the general population, needle phobia can undermine immunization efforts, which provide the most effective individual and large-group protection against devastating infectious diseases. Moreover, fear of needles also brings emotional pain and practical problems. People who fear injections and blood draws not only avoid immunizations, but also may experience extreme difficulty dealing with dental work, medical care, job applications and a host of other situations in which needle penetration is more
Dean with student

Nailah Cox. Conference Participant, Dean Catherin Gillliss, Brianna Singleton, UCSF PhD student

Frank Sidders, conference participant shares thoughts during Disparities in Mental Health Session

Conference Participants Rosario Hernandez, Guendi Castaneira, and Tangitinga Paama unwind after Day One of conference

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Conference participant Shelia Riffe participates in discussion

Howard University Scholars at the Nursing Leaders of Tomorrow Conference