Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people.

The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface.

It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves.

That should help more people get immunised, including those who are scared of injections, experts told the Lancet journal .

Bye bye injections

Unlike the standard flu jab, it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge, meaning pharmacies could easily stock it on their shelves for people to buy.

 

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