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NIH: Georgia Tech's vaccination patch 'a fantastic innovation'

The invention made national headlines in late June 2017, and for good reason: A clinical study conducted by Emory and Georgia Tech showed that a microneedle vaccination patch safely generated the same immunity against influenza as the annual flu shot from hypodermic needles. The patch — invented at Georgia Tech and now being brought to market by GRA Ventures company Micron Biomedical — has advantages over standard injection needles. The needles are so tiny, you don't feel the shot. They hold a dry version of the vaccination which can be better stored and transported. And the patch can be self-administered — moving us closer to the day when we can "order" a flu shot on the internet and give it to ourselves right at home.

Credit: National Institutes of Health

NIH: Georgia Tech's vaccination patch 'a fantastic innovation'
A dime-sized patch resembling a Band-Aid safely delivers the annual flu vaccine, an Emory-Georgia Tech clinical trial has found. NIH's Roderick Pettigrew explains.
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