vaccinations without needles

@LovingIt (5398)
United States
November 7, 2006 1:53am CST
I read an article where they are working on developing vaccinations such as flu shots, etc. in the form of skin patches instead of having to get a shot with a needle. If this were done, would you be more or less likely to get a vaccination or would it make any difference?
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@ilse72 (1454)
• United States
7 Nov 06
It wouldn't really make a difference for me at this phase of my life but being honest, yes, I would take a patch over an injection anytime! I don't get flu shots or any other shots now. When I was self-injecting for migraines, it would have been nice...the migraine medication always gave me a very large painful knot that lasted for two days. It would be so ideal for children and would remove their fear of vaccinations. Many meds currently come in these patches and I think you really will see more and more of them. I don't forsee all meds in patches though as some meds degrade when exposed to light or air so they would not be conducive to patches. I do think that, in time, meds that can't be give via patch, will be administered via the skin pores (like on the Star Trek show) rendering them painless as well.
• United States
7 Nov 06
That's interesting. It would sure make is a lot easier on kids if they could do it via skin pores. They wouldn't dislike doctors as much.
@ilse72 (1454)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Thanks for the best response!
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I like getting my shot with a needle. It's over fast and easy. They make the needles so tiny now that you don't even feel them. I get whatever shots I need, plus I donate blood, and I've never had a problem with a needle.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Most of the time it's not the needle that hurts, it's the medicine going in that hurts. Sometimes that really burns and stings!
@frosthon (2250)
• Singapore
9 Nov 06
I think if this new method is proven to be more effective, why not? There should be a different between jabs and patches. Jabs get direct to the blood, which is better in certain circumstances.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Not in all cases. Most of the time jabs are given under the skin or in the muscle. If it's going directly into the blood stream, it's usually given through an IV.
@shooie (4989)
• United States
9 Nov 06
Needles don't bother me but if they go a different route that is fine as well....my last flu vaccination wasn't a shot it was a spray up the nose
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
14 Nov 06
They don't bother some people that is true, but I think especially for children and people that are terrified of needles this would be terrific.
@skeemy (138)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I would definitely be more likely to get vaccinations. I'm deathly afraid of needles.(especially after my last trip to the hospital...they couldn't find a vein to draw blood and wow I looked like a heroin addict!)
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I know what you mean. One time when I was having surgery it took them 9 tries to get the IV in!!! That's made me HATE needles, even for a shot.
@BVBF25 (753)
• United States
9 Nov 06
That sounds great. It's painful watching your baby get shots. Then again a baby may pick at the patch and play with it
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
9 Nov 06
I would think in babies and small children they would have to put it somewhere hard to reach like the middle of their backs (or is there truly a place a baby can't reach? LOL)
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@frosthon (2250)
• Singapore
9 Nov 06
I think if this new method is proven to be more effective, why not? There should be a different between jabs and patches. Jabs get direct to the blood, which is better in certain circumstances.
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@lectricky (681)
• United States
9 Nov 06
It wouldn't make a difference to me. I don't mind the needles, personally! i'm so used to them from donating blood and getting blood tests and IV stuff that they don't bother me. Come to think of it, I would be hesitant to use the patches due to my allergy to certain adhesives.
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