My mom always used to say my sister and I are like night and day. Emily's always been more aggressive than I am; she's always been more outspoken. She is a phenomenal athlete, at one point playing four sports (basketball, softball, field hockey and track). She's gotten injured in these sports numerous times and always took her injuries in stride; she never complained about pain. She's a pretty tough cookie... except when it comes to needles.
Watching Emily getting shots and vaccinations when we were younger was awful. She'd kick, scream and cry. Although I don't believe she does those things anymore at age 20, she still is afraid of needles.
She apparently shares this fear with 10 percent of Americans. Having a fear of needles can make getting shots, such as flu vaccines, almost impossible for some people.
But Victor C. Yang, a researcher from the University of Michigan, is hoping to change this by developing a patch that can administer vaccinations without having to get a shot. Hopefully, this new technique will put Emily and others more at ease about getting vaccines.