microneedle-fluIf there is one thing that kids hate, I would suppose it would be receiving a vaccination. Anything with needles, whether large or small, is scary, and I think eating one’s vegetables would come in a close second. What if there was a way to deliver vaccines without instilling the fear of needles into the recipient? This particular painless patch could usher in a new future, where one could eventually apply a vaccine patch to themselves without having to drop by the doctor’s clinic. Of course, this would also mean more self-management, and there are folks who are not that great when it comes to keeping a meticulous track record of their previous vaccination (or those of their kids), so that is something to look out for.

This microneedle patch however, does have its fair share of benefits if it were to be adopted on a wide scale, since it has the potential to reduce administration costs and relieve an annual burden on health care professionals. Using it is a snap – all you need to do is to press the patch into your skin, and you’re good to go, although there is a slight learning curve to it. Would you like to administer your own medication or vaccines via patches, or do you prefer a professional to do it for you?

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