611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

LaFrontera
member support line
1-520-279-5737
M-F 5pm-8pm
24/7 weekends/holidays

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net
Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Weight-Loss Surgery Might Also Help Prevent CataractsAHA News: What to Tell Your Young Teen About Their Shot at the COVID-19 VaccineWhat Works Best to Ease Recurrent Ear Infections in Kids?Mixing COVID Vaccines Might Raise Odds for Minor Reactions: StudyCOVID More Lethal for People Living With HIVNew Drug Shows Promise Against Tough-to-Manage AsthmaFully Vaccinated Can Shed Masks in Most Outdoor, Indoor Settings: CDCAHA News: 5 Things to Know About Blood Pressure Before It's a ProblemModerna Vaccine Can Trigger Red, Itchy 'COVID Arm,' But It's TemporaryCould a Vaccine Against Future Pandemics Be on the Way?Debunking Social Media Myth, Study Finds COVID Vaccine Won't Harm PlacentaU.S. Seniors Are Getting Fewer Abdominal SurgeriesMost Severe COVID Cases Involve Neuro Issues, and They're More Often FatalAny COVID-19 Infection Raises Odds for Lingering Symptoms, Study FindsNew Insights Into Treating Mild Head InjuriesAlcohol Is No Friend to Social DistancingGene-Targeted Drug Shows Promise Against a Form of Pancreatic CancerFDA Approves Emergency Use of Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 to 15Ibuprofen, Similar Painkillers Won't Raise Risks for COVID PatientsObesity Raises Odds for Many Common CancersAsthma Attacks Plummeted During PandemicWhy Sleep Raises Risk for Sudden Death in People With EpilepsyLockdown Loneliness Making Things Even Tougher for Cancer PatientsCOVID Vaccines May Still Leave Organ Transplant Recipients UnprotectedPfizer, Moderna or J&J? An Expert Answers Your QuestionsHow Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVIDCould Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning SignsGene Tied to Balding May Also Raise COVID Risks for MenTime Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide LaterState of Mind Matters for Survival After Heart AttackFailing Kidneys Could Bring Higher Dementia RiskAir Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a LifetimePoll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids VaccinatedObesity More Deadly for Men Than Women When COVID StrikesIsrael Study: Pfizer Vaccine Gives 95% Protection Against Illness, Hospitalization & DeathReal-World Studies Show Pfizer Vaccine Shields Against COVID Variants1 in 4 U.S. Teens Has Had a Concussion: StudyWhat's the Right Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Heart?U.S. COVID Outlook Shows Big Improvement by July'Prediabetes' Raises Odds for Heart Attack, StrokeA Vitamin Could Be Key to Women's Pain After Knee ReplacementBiden Sets New Goal of Vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4Wildfires Are Changing the Seasonal Air Quality of the U.S. WestMany Americans Wrong About Sun's Skin Cancer Dangers: PollNot Just About Antibodies: Why mRNA COVID Vaccines May Shield From VariantsYou Got Your COVID Shot: What to Do With That Vaccine CardFDA Plans to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Those Aged 12 and UpAHA News: As Pre-Pandemic Activities Return, So Does AnxietyCOVID Anxieties Still High for Americans: PollCOVID Vaccination in Pregnancy May Pass Helpful Antibodies to Baby
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Needle Anxiety Behind J&J COVID Vaccine Reaction Clusters: Study

HealthDay News
by By Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Apr 30th 2021

new article illustration

FRIDAY, April 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety was the cause of 64 vaccine reactions, including fainting, in people who got the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine in early April at sites in five states, a new study finds.

Researchers led by Anne Hause of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that "anxiety-related events, including syncope [fainting], can occur immediately after vaccination with any vaccine and might be caused by anxiety about receiving an injection."

They pointed out that these incident clusters occurred April 7-9, before any widespread publicity about the very rare blood clots since tied to the J&J shot.

The anxiety that led some vaccine recipients to show post-immunization symptoms -- such as rapid breathing, a drop in blood pressure, nausea, headache or fainting -- appear to have been tied to the fears some people have around needles. Everyone recovered and none were seriously ill.

"Because the [Johnson & Johnson] COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a single dose, this vaccine might be a more attractive option for persons who have needle aversion," Hause and her colleagues theorized. That could account for the higher numbers of people who had anxiety-linked reactions with the shot versus the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Overall, 64 reports of "anxiety-related events" were reported among the more than 8,600 people who received the J&J shot between April 7 and 9 in five vaccination clinics. In 17 of those cases, fainting was involved. The researchers noted that about a quarter of those who fainted said it had happened before when they'd received other vaccines.

According to the Associated Press, the clinics were located in California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina, and four of the five locations issued temporary shutdown orders as health experts tried to determine the cause.

Further investigation uncovered 653 other such cases of anxiety-related side effects, out of a total of almost 8 million J&J shots delivered. The incidence is much higher than what's typically seen with influenza vaccine campaigns, where fainting after vaccine delivery is extremely rare, the CDC team noted.

To be safe, "all COVID-19 vaccine recipients should be observed for at least 15 minutes after vaccination for anxiety-related and other events," including rare allergic reactions, the researchers said.

Speaking with the AP, one expert said that anxiety-related reactions are always a part of vaccination campaigns.

"We knew we were going to see this" as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites were implemented around the world, Dr. Noni MacDonald told the news agency. MacDonald, a Canadian researcher who has studied similar incidents, said that up to 15% of adults are known to be afraid of needles.

And she said anyone can fall prey to injection-linked anxieties, and even hearing about one such event can start a kind of chain reaction that affects others in line to be vaccinated.

MacDonald, a professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, reviewed such a cluster in involving 14 U.S. military reservists who developed symptoms after getting flu shots in 2009.

That cluster started with a 23-year-old man who reported progressive weakness in his arms and legs one day after his flu shot, but went on to recover.

"Everybody thinks this is [only] young teenage girls" who get such reactions, MacDonald told the AP. "Well, it isn't."

And she said even reading about anxiety reactions on social media might prime would-be vaccine recipients for their own adverse events.

All of that is part of normal human psychology, MacDonald stressed. "These people are not crazy," she said, but their bodies are reacting in predictable ways to psychological stress.

The new study was published April 30 in the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

More information:

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 30, 2021; Associated Press