Microneedle patches could make a flu shot as simple as a Band-Aid

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It’s that time of year again – influenza has begun making the rounds, wreaking havoc on our bodies and schedules as it starts its seasonal journey toward hospitalizing hundreds of thousands of us in the U.S. alone.

And while this year’s flu vaccine looks like a good match to protect against this season’s strains, according to the CDC, less than half of Americans typically get vaccinated, thanks in part to the fairly common fear of hypodermic needles and the financial and logistical strain of getting to a clinic to get the shot.

[pullquote person=”” attribution=””]Early testing in mice shows that the microneedle approach isn’t just effective; it could be even more effective than hypodermic needles because the vaccine is delivered directly into the skin instead of muscle.[/pullquote]

Such inconveniences, however, may soon fall by the way side if a new needle approach out of Georgia Tech proves safe and…

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