New technology is allowing doctors to eliminate the discomfort, and thus much of the fear, that accompanies getting a shot.

Up to this point, painful injections were a reality for anyone receiving immunizations or flu shots; however, new developments from Seoul National University in South Korea have introduced the concept of laser injections. While the practice was formerly associated with cosmetic procedures, the researchers discovered that by using a longer pulse and adjusting to a wavelength best absorbed by water, they could create the optimal conditions for a delivering a shot that is only as painful as “a puff of air.”

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