Flu Shot Patch


AND NOW PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET A NEW WAY TO DELIVER THE VACCINE. PATIENTS COULD GIVE IT TO THEMSELVES. Reporter: THIS SKIN PATCH COULD CHANGE THE WAY SOME PEOPLE GET THEIR ANNUAL FLU VACCINE. THE BAND-AID-LIKE PATCH SPORTS 100 MICROSCOPIC NEEDLES WITH DRIED FLU VACCINE DISSOLVING OVER 20 MINUTES RELEASING THE VIRUS. WE HEAR A SMALL CLICK AND THE PATCH IS APPLIED. Reporter: RESEARCHERS FROM EMORY UNIVERSITY AND GEORGIA TECH SHOWED US HOW IT WORKS. LEAVE IT FOR A FEW MINUTES AND REMOVE IT. Reporter: A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL “LANCET” LOOKED AT 100 HEALTHY ADULTS. WE DESIGNED IT SO PEOPLE COULD SELF-ADMINISTER WITH THE PRESS OF A THUMB. Reporter: RESEARCHERS FOUND THE PATCH TO BE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. IT ALSO ALLOWED SUBJECTS WHO ARE VACCINATED TO MOUNT AN EXCELLENT IMMUNE RESPONSE. Reporter: REACTIONS WERE MILD WITH SOME REDNESS AND ITCHING. MORE THAN 70% OF THE VOLUNTEERS PREFERRED THAT PATCH OVER THE USUAL INJECTIONS WHICH RESEARCHERS SAY COULD INCREASE VACCINATION RATES. OUR GOAL IS FOR PEOPLE TO VACCINATE THEMSELVES AT HOME WITHOUT THE COMPLEXITIES OF HAVING TO KNOW HOW TO USE A NEEDLE AND SYRINGE OR HAVE TO GO TO A DOCTOR OR NURSE TO HAVE THAT DONE. Reporter: SCIENTISTS HOPE TO HAVE THE FLU VACCINE PATCH AVAILABLE IN FIVE YEARS. BECAUSE THE VACCINE IS IN DRY FORM IT DOESN’T NEED REFRIGERATION AND IT’S STABLE FOR A YEAR MAKING IT EASIER AGAIN TOR:CON SUMMERS TO USE. THE NEXT STEP IS A LARGE CLINICAL TRIAL TO CONFIRM THAT THE PATCH IN FACT PROTECTS AS WELL AS THE FLU SHOT. WHAT DO YOU THINK, NEEDLES OR SKIN PATCH? MICRONEEDLES. TINY LITTLE SUCKERS. WHEN THAT RIPS OFF? WORSE THAN A BAND-AID? IT’S BARELY STUCK ON. IS IT SIMILAR TO THE OTHER PATCHES THOUGH THAT ARE AVAILABLE, YOU KNOW, FOR OTHER — NO. THOSE CONTAIN CHEMICALS THAT DIFFUSE THROUGH THE SKIN. THE VACCINE AND VIRUS DOESN’T

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