I really don't like needles, can I get drunk before getting...

Question: 

I really don't like needles, can I get drunk before getting the flu vaccine?

Answer: 

Anticipation of an immunization can be quite nerve-wracking for some people and there are many things that you can do to prepare, and getting drunk isn’t a recommended approach.
• Let your immunization provider know that you are nervous
• Ask if you can lay down for your immunization
• Use a topical anesthetic lotion or gel such as Emla gel or an Emla patch ( buy this at your local pharmacy before your appointment and read the instructions on how to apply carefully)
• Ask your immunization provider if you can distract yourself during the procedure such as watching a video or reading something.