Ouchless sugar needles deliver ‘dried’ vaccine

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Scientists at King’s have demonstrated the ability to deliver a dried live vaccine to the skin without a traditional needle, and shown for the first time that this technique is powerful enough to enable specialised immune cells in the skin to kick-start the immunising properties of the vaccine.

Dr Linda Klavinskis from the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology at King’s explains the research behind the new technique and its wider potential.

“The new technique represents a huge leap forward in overcoming the challenges of delivering a vaccination program for diseases such as HIV and malaria. But these findings may also have wider implications for other infectious disease vaccination programs, for example infant vaccinations, or even other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions such as diabetes.”

King’s College London

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