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Vaccines May Not Require a Syringe and Needle for Long

According to a post in NPR’s Goats and Soda blog, an ambitious Georgia Tech professor has set out to create vaccines in the form of small patches that can simply be placed on the body in lieu of the more traditional needle prick. The patch is covered with 100 microscopic needles that puncture the skin and dissolve the vaccine into the body. Putting vaccines into these patches would eliminate the need for a doctor to administer them as well as a refrigerator to keep the vaccines in, allowing for many more people to be vaccinated. Additionally, without needles to dispose of, there is no risk of health professionals getting stuck by a used needle; once the patch is removed, the needles are gone and the patch can be thrown out.

Read the post in NPR’s Goats and Soda blog.