Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Spoonful of Sugar

Source: Mobile Mag

Source: Mobile Mag

A new way to administer vaccinations could be distributed in the near future.  This would have an enormous impact for many Malaria stricken countries have a hard time keeping hypodermic needles safe and keep live vaccinations viable.  That’s why scientist’s at King’s College have come up with a small painless method of administering vaccines without need for injections or refrigeration.

The small disc has tiny sugar micro-needles that dissolve in the skin.  The dried vaccine is mixed in with the sugar micro-needles that dissolve. This method is revolutionary for transporting and administering vaccines.  Now we can just stick the sugar coated disc onto someone and have them be able to receive the vaccine without the use of possibly dirty needles or useless vaccines that have become to warm.  Now we just need the Malaria vaccine to be created, another project that seems close on the horizon.

The effectiveness was found to be the same between the traditional injection method of a live vaccine and this new painless dried vaccine.  Mary Poppins had it right all along, sugar does help the medicine go down a little easier.


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