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Researchers Working on a Band-Aid to Replace Shots

July 13, 2017

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University are developing a Band-Aid-size patch that can vaccinate someone with the flu vaccine. The patch is made up of 100 solid, water-soluble microneedles that are contained in an area about the size of a dime. These microneedles are just long enough to penetrate the skin, and the administration of the vaccine is released in about 20 minutes as the needle tips dissolve.

The research team reported that in their Phase I clinical trial, the patch was just as effective in generating immunity against the flu as the traditional flu shot. Also, the team believes that the patch can save money, and can be easily and painlessly self-administered. On top of this, researchers are working to develop these microneedle patches for the use with other vaccines, such as measles, rubella, and polio. They’ve completed the first phase of their clinical trials and are planning a Phase 2 trial with more participants.