Flu vaccine without the needle?

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Like Jennifer Jordan, I have a "thing" about getting flu shots and to this day have never had one. That "thing" probably has a lot to do with the needle required to administer the vaccine.

The good news on that front is that one day there may be a flu vaccine available that won't have you - or your kids - crying in the doctor's office. Korean researchers say they have had positive results in mice with a flu vaccine that is simply placed under the tongue. They say that two doses of a liquid influenza vaccine administered this way was enough to strengthen the immune system in the mice to fight off a deadly dose of flu.

Dr. Cecil Czerkinsky, of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, says, "If these findings are replicated in humans, they could pave the way for the development of a new generation of vaccines that could be used for mass vaccination against respiratory infections, including the pandemic avian-human influenza viruses."

This isn't the first attempt by researchers to find a less painful way to vaccinate. Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University says that while nasal spray vaccines seemed to be the needle-free answer, he was surprised to find that "many people are averse to people messing with their nose ... so there are limitations to nasal spray."

And just in case you aren't sold on this under-the-tongue vaccine, consider the fact that it can be flavored to make it even less traumatic. I'll take mine in Piña Colada, please.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.