The Microneedle Solution

A new microneedle patch that simplifies the vaccination process from storage to disposal may be a “game changer” for measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

The patch, being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the CDC, has 100 “solid, conical microneedles made of polymer, sugar, and vaccine that are a fraction of a millimeter long.” After the patch is applied, the microneedles pierce the skin’s upper layers and dissolve in a few minutes, releasing the vaccine.

“The microneedle patch offers great hope of a new tool to reach the world’s children faster, even in the most remote areas,” said James Goodson, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Global Immunization Division.

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