Thursday, November 09, 2006

Vaccine patches may replace the dreaded needle

I think the increased use of transdermal patches would become popular. Let's hope that this will provide patients with more options in the future.

Thanks to Vicki at for this link.

From the Globe and Mail:
Dreaded vaccinations one day could be as simple as sticking on a Band-Aid — ouchless and do-it-yourself.

Early tests of skin-patch vaccines are beginning in hundreds of volunteers, one version designed to protect against the flu and another to prevent travellers' diarrhea.

The idea isn't just pain-free vaccination. The National Institutes of Health is helping fund patch research in hopes of strengthening today's imperfect flu shots, and gaining extra help if bird flu or some other super-flu ever triggers a pandemic. ...more

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