Patch instead of shots: a new type of flu vaccine has been created

To reduce the chance of getting sickduring the period of infection, you need to undergo a vaccination procedure every year. However, to call this procedure pleasant is unlikely to succeed. And we must not forget that some people are just afraid of injections. And soon everything can change thanks to a new method of prevention: now it is enough just to stick a special patch on the skin.

According to a recent study, about30% of people do not produce vaccination due to the fact that they simply do not have time for this, because the procedure requires a personal visit to the doctor’s office, waiting in line, and so on. It is for these purposes that a group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a new type of "vaccination" against several strains of the influenza virus, which can be done independently even at home. The vaccine is a seemingly ordinary plaster with microneedles. Small capsules filled with vaccine are embedded in the inner part of the patch. All you need to do for this type of vaccination - it is only to stick the patch on any convenient place for 24 hours. During this time, the required amount of vaccine will be supplied to the blood. At the same time, there are painkillers, disinfectants and healing substances on the patch, which will reduce pain and trauma to a minimum.

Clinical animal studiesdemonstrated almost the same percentage of efficacy as with conventional vaccine use and now researchers are awaiting approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in order to put the “vaccine in a patch” on the market.

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