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im 18 and my doctor wants me to get the meningitis vaccine booster.im terrified of needles.i really dont want to go.go . any suggestions?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Be brave: Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. Also - consider hypnosis or cognitive behavioral therapy.

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