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 as effective as the injection, while maintaining a similar safety profile. However, a subsequent randomized controlled trial done in 2015 showed the aerosolized version had lower rates of seropositivity than the injection. This is a current area of study, and we will see what the next couple of years bring on this front.
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.
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