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Injection-Free Vaccination Goes After HIV and Malaria Without the Needle

February 25, 2013

On February 5, researchers at King's College London announced the capability of delivering a dried live vaccine to a patient's skin with an alternative to a traditional needle. Scientists at the university have developed a tiny disc with several sugar micro-needles that dissolve when pressed into the skin. The discs potentially could be used in developing injection-free vaccinations for diseases such as HIV, malaria, and TB. The discs do not require refrigeration, which could lead to major reductions in manufacturing and shipping costs and eliminate the risk of transmitting blood-borne disease from contaminated needles and syringes.

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Adapted from:
Mobile Magazine
02.11.2013; Matt Sabs

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.

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