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A vaccine patch could cut out the need for painful needles and boost the effectiveness of immunisation against diseases like flu, say US researchers. The patch has hundreds of microscopic needles which dissolve into the skin. Tests in mice show the technology may even produce a better immune response than a conventional jab. Writing in Nature Medicine, the team of researchers said the patch could one day enable people to vaccinate themselves. Each patch, developed by researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, contains 100 "microneedles" which are just 0.65mm in length.
Apply at home If proven to be effective in further trials, the patch would mean an end to the need for medical training to deliver vaccines and turn vaccination into a painless procedure that people could do themselves. It could also simplify large-scale vaccination during a pandemic, the researchers said.
Originally posted by xxshadowfaxx
I'd take the patch. I am afraid of needles, so the patch would work out great. I wouldn't get vaccinated because of the needle.
Originally posted by Long Lance
reply to post by RMFX1
while that's obviously true, i can see a couple of advantages, namely no or less need for preservatives, more natural application, depending on the disease you're being inoculated against and simply a lower risk of systemic side effects. the same is of course true for inhaled vaccines (esp. interesting for respiratory diseases, obviously)
no matter how much you think they tinker with the vaccines, having your skin between the stuff and your blood will help.
The world's smallest and thinnest RFID tags were introduced yesterday by Hitachi. Tiny miracles of miniaturization, these RFID chips (Radio Frequency IDentification chips) measure just 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters. The previous record-holder, the Hitachi mu-chip, is just 0.4 x 0.4 millimeters. Take a look at the size of the mu-chip RFID tag on a human fingertip.
Though if this strenghthening mutation idea of influenza was true, shouldn't this thing be a serious super virus at this point? Shouldn't anybody who doesn't get the vaccine, simply be wiped out? If this was the case, shouldn't all of us who don't get the vaccination be dead?