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August 23, 2021 29 min
This week's guests are: Dr. Jody Thomas with the Meg Foundation is a licensed clinical psychologist, and specialist in pediatric medical illness and trauma. The Meg Foundations’ goal is to empower families with pain management strategies, skills, and support needed to prevent and reduce pain. Thomas discussed how needle anxiety may be a barrier to some people seeking the COVID-19 vaccination… research shows that a quarter of adults and 2/3 or similar of children have enough worry about getting shots that it affects their health care choices. Thomas talked about where needle fear comes from, why is this not talked about more, and what can be done to help people struggling with this issue. With back to school here, Dr. Thomas explained how needle fear is different for kids versus adults. o Shaun Raviv is a freelance journalist based in Atlanta. Raviv has written features for Wired, Smithsonian, Deadspin, BuzzFeed, and The Washington Post. He is the host of new podcast Long Shot: The 250-Year Journey to the COVID-19 Vaccine. Raviv talked about the evolution of vaccines from the very first inoculators to the research, methods, people, and companies behind today’s vaccines. Raviv explained his experience interviewing scientists, and vaccine creators and told us how his podcast deals with the facts, myths and legends behind vaccinations, with information from more than 1000 years ago.
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