Wouldn’t it be wonderful if kids could get vaccines that were safe and effective without having to have a needle poke?
The March 4th, 2000 issue of The Lancet featured an article about an aerosol form of measles vaccine that was almost twice as effective as the injection, while maintaining a similar safety profile.
Large scale testing will be needed before routine vaccines like this are widely available, but the future looks bright for more and more kid-friendly delivery systems.
When I’ve asked kids with cancer about the toughest part of having cancer, many of them say it’s the needle stick. How wonderful that researchers are working on ways to eliminate many of the needles that children face.