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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Flu Shots Without Needles! Via Mucosal delivery.

If you are like me, who cringes even to see a needle, is going to be presented with good news. We might be able to receive the flu vaccine without needles. According to new research conducted by an International team of researchers from Korea, Japan and France, we might receive the flu doze in the future through our noses or just dropping it under our tongues. Mucosal delivery, where the vaccine is administered in either the mouth or nose, is very welcomed by some health professionals - in part because it makes it so much easier to deliver, than trying to stab a child with a needle.
Experiments on mice showed that delivering the vaccine "sublingually" protected the rodents against flu without any obvious side-effects. It is thought this method may prove more effective than jabs as it protects the area where the virus first enters. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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