Self-Administered Skin Patches for Vaccines in Development

RedTracker| The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a major five-year grant to advance technology for the painless, self-administration of flue vaccine using patches containing tiny microneedles that dissolve into the skin.

Not only does the technology allow large numbers of people to be vaccinated at their own convenience and at home, presumably at lower costs, but researchers believe that the delivery system may be more effective, providing greater immunity, than shots.

“Combined with the convenience of self-administration, painless application and absence of sharps waste, this novel immunization route could make the microneedle patch a powerful new weapon against infectious diseases,” said said Ioanna Skountzou, co-principal investigator for the project and an assistant professor in Emory University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. via Science Daily