A ‘painless’ sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people. The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin’s surface. It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves. That should help more people get immunised, including those who are scared of injections, experts told the Lancet journal . Bye bye injections Unlike the standard flu jab, it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge, meaning pharmacies could easily stock it on their shelves for people to buy. Volunteers who tested it said they preferred it to injections. It offers the same protection as a regular vaccine, but without pain, according to its developers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, who are funded by the US National Institutes of Health. The patch punctures the uppermost layers of the skin, whereas regular flu injections go all the way through and into muscle. Lead

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