Are you ready for death by lethal injection? Or maybe you prefer a long and lingering demise?
The next time that you go to your general doctor he or she may recommend the influenza immunization. But this time that ‘jab’ may come in the form of a dime size patch that will pierce your skin with 100 micro-needles and deploy their chemical payload into your body.
These micro-needle patches have been Beta tested in humans who volunteered to be a part of this study with researchers then examining their immunological function. The results conclude that this chemical assault results in a robust immunological response.
These micro-needle patches were created by Drs. Nadine Rouphael and Mark Mulligan of Emory University School of Medicine and Mark Prausnitz of the Georgia Institute of Technology and supported by NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). You can find the study results in the June 27th, 2017 of the Lancet.
Researchers say these micro-needle patches are ‘safe’ even though they were only tested on 100 humans, one for each needle and longer term effects are unknown. Supposedly, psychologically it is akin to putting on a band-aide. In my experience, band-aide does not come equipped with 100 needles, nor do they inject a chemical payload or unknown substances. The new technology is said to transform how we get vaccinated and promises to deliver other vaccines in the future utilizing this method. Proponents of this technology say it can be mailed and self-administered in the comfort of your own home.
Phase II human clinical studies will be occurring soon.