Vaccines and immunizations play a critical role in keeping people healthy and protecting us from preventable diseases. Vaccination is the administration of a vaccine to help the immune system develop protection from disease. Vaccines contain a microorganism or virus in a weakened, live or killed state, or proteins or toxins from the organism.
Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year. Other vaccinations, such as the flu, can prevent the illness or minimize its symptoms and impact of the illness. Vaccination protects others you care about, including family members, friends, grandparents, and coworkers. If people aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to others who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people. Quite simply, vaccinations save lives. We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.
Needle fear is the most common reason people don’t get vaccinated.
The most effective way to deliver many vaccinations is through needle procedures, such as shots, which may be painful. Needle fear is the most common reason people don’t get vaccinated. People are more adherent when shots hurt less. Buzzy® is the only clinically proven needle pain and fear solution, which has blocked pain from 35MM needle procedures and is proven effective in over 50+ clinical trials. Two meta-analyses showed Buzzy® provided significant pain and fear relief – a 40% to 74% decrease for children, and a better experience for adults when receiving a flu shot. Buzzy® decreased pain 73% for children aged 7 getting a single TDap immunization. In one adult group average age 64, 84% found the flu vaccine to be painless with Buzzy, and 88% said they’d use Buzzy® again.
Turn on the vibration and place Buzzy® on the site of the shot. Pain control is maximized by using Buzzy®’s ice wings to cool/numb and vibration to desensitize the area directly for 30-60 seconds, then move Buzzy® just proximal (toward the head or spine) during the shot. If the injection burns, the pain can be relieved by rubbing Buzzy®’s cold and vibration over the area after the medicine is in.
Put an arm around your child age 4+ and hold Buzzy® on the site for about 30 seconds before the shot. Even with Buzzy®, there will be dull touch sensations (those are transmitted on different nerves that Buzzy® doesn’t block) so use distraction questions or DistrACTION® cards to entertain and pull attention away if the child already has a needle phobia.
When the injection is ready, move the Buzzy® up and keep pressing on the nearest bony surface to maximize vibration transmission. If multiple immunizations are being given, change out the cold packs on each arm so the sites each have 30 seconds of numbing.”