Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed the flu patch as an alternative to vaccines by needle injection. The flu patch contains the vaccine in a small pouch of the patch. The vaccine is then transferred into the body via fifty microneedles that would barely pierce the skin. As a result, you will only feel a prick on your skin, but the small, fleeting pain is negligible in comparison to that of a needle. All you would need to do is to place the patch above the designated area of the arm, apply pressure to the patch to the skin, and then remove it. The effectiveness of the flu patch is tested to be the same as that of injection by needle.
Innovative development in biomedical technology brings an optimistic light to our future. There is not doubt that this technology can be expanded being medical vaccinations. Furthermore, not only will medicine be cheaper and easier to be administered, but it will also be more available to the people. We can imagine that medicine can be more easily distributed to and obtained by those in underdeveloped countries, such as those in Africa, where the prevention and curing of illnesses is not as successful due to the lack of resources, technology, and healthcare professionals.