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Scientists develop flu vaccine patch you could administer at home

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 16, 2018, 2:25 pm IST
Updated Sep 16, 2018, 2:25 pm IST
Researchers have long been hoping to develop a vaccine that can tackle all strains of the virus.
Scientists develop flu vaccine patch you could administer at home. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Scientists develop flu vaccine patch you could administer at home. (Photo: Pixabay)

Scientists have developed a flu vaccine patch that you can give yourself, the Daily Mail reported.

University of Washington researchers are the masterminds behind the patch, which could be posted to patients in the mail.

 

The goal was to make a vaccination that not only worked as well as current vaccines available, but also create one that could be taken in the comfort of your home.

Flu vaccinations estimated to be only 30% effective in preventing the virus, the report revealed.

Researchers have been hoping to develop a vaccine that can tackle all strains of the virus.

"That’s sort of the holy grail of the flu vaccine: if we could make a vaccine that could protect against viruses not in the vaccine and have a broader flu vaccine," lead study author Dr Darrick Carter told the Daily Mail.

Trial tests conducted on ferrets and humans have been successful. The transdermal shot is found to be safe and even protected against many of the flu virus strains.

"If it illicits a broader immune response, it can stop more viruses, even if it is not perfectly matched," Dr Carter explained in the report.

Despite the triumphant success, such a vaccine will only be available on the market in 10 years.

"It may take a while to get approval," Dr Carter explained, "but it's very exciting."

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