As important as flu vaccines are for our health and well-being, none of us really like the feeling of those pesky pokes. No matter how old we get, we have to admit that needles are not fun for most of us. But the way we get flu vaccines may be about to change forever.
A needle-free flu vaccine patch worked as well as a traditional needle vaccine shot with no serious side effects, researchers just reported. The team reported in the medical journal ‘Lancet‘ that tests of participants’ blood suggested the vaccine created about the same immune response of a regular flu shot. And folks who tried out the vaccine patch said it was not difficult or painful to use.
“It was really simple. It’s kind of like a Band-aid, almost,” said Daisy Bourassa, a college instructor who tested the new vaccine. “It’s not like a shot at all. If I had to describe, it is maybe like pressing down on the hard side of Velcro. It is like a bunch of little teeny tiny stick things that you can feel but it’s not painful.”
The team at Georgia Tech, and a spin-off company called Micron Biomedical, have been working on the vaccine patch for years. And this was their first time trying it out.
The results were great,” Dr. Nadine Rouphael of the Emory University School of Medicine said. “We were pleased to see that the immune response was excellent.”
It’s important to note that this was just a phase 1 trial to show safety in 100 volunteers. It will take a much larger trial to show whether the vaccine actually prevents influenza.
But the hope is that the new vaccine patch will be cheaper, easier to give, and more acceptable than a traditional vaccine shot. How exciting if that does end up happening!
NEXT: See celebrities with common food allergies below.
03 Steve Martin
The Father of the Bride actor is reportedly allergic to shellfish. According to FARE, more than 6.5 million people are also have shellfish allergies.
09 Kelly Clarkson
Singer Kelly Clarkson is allergic to peanuts. In addition to her food allergy, Clarkson is also allergic to dog hair and goldenrod. In 2013, she tweeted about being pricked 58 times during an allergy test.
10 Suze Orman
The host of her namesake show is allergic to eggs! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, most children who have egg allergies grow out of them by the time they're 16 years old.
05 Clay Aiken
In 2004, Kelly Clarkson dished about her fellow American Idol alum's long list of food allergies on Ellen. On that list: mushrooms, tree nuts, shellfish, chocolate, and coffee!
01 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is allergic to shellfish, so that means no shrimp at award show dinners! Despite being one of the most common food allergies, most allergic reactions that lead to hospitalization are caused by shellfish.
12 Jessica Simpson
The singer and fashion designer is allergic to cheese, tomatoes, and wheat. Unfortunately, that sounds like pizza is off limits for the 36-year-old.
04 Ray Romano
The Everybody Loves Raymond star can't have peanuts. Unlike egg allergies, children don't usually grow out of their peanut allergies!
08 Drew Barrymore
Child star Drew Barrymore avoids garlic and coffee. In addition, Barrymore is allergic to perfume and bee stings.
07 Victoria Beckham
Posh Spice happens to be allergic to dairy. She also has a gluten sensitivity.
02 Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
The actor revealed he is allergic to wheat, eggs, and dairy. He also can't eat red meat.
11 Serena Williams
Tennis star Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts. While not allergic, she also avoids tomatoes and avocados.
06 Chelsea Clinton
The former first daughter is allergic to gluten. At her 2010 wedding, she and husband Marc Mezvinsky served a gluten-free cake.