DIY flu vaccine takes form of painless patch

A painless do-it-yourself injection device may make the flu vaccine more popular, research shows.

The patch contains a micro-needle, which when applied to the skin, administers a vaccine to the user. The device will undergo clinical trials in the United States later this year.

Researchers recruited 91 participants to try out the device with a placebo vaccine. The study found the number of participants willing to receive the flu vaccination increased from 44% to 65%, with 64% of those preferring to self-vaccinate.

Researchers, led by James J. Norman, say the findings could expand vaccination coverage and reduce vaccine administration costs.

Read more at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology