Needle Free Vaccines?
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|Mon, 08-20-2012 - 2:12pm|
Researchers are working on ways to provide a painless vaccination. There is some belief that it's the pain from the needles that cause some parents not to vaccinate their childrend:
Not only would it ease distress, but Dr. Erin Giudice, a pediatrician at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, thinks it might help fight a growing resistance to vaccination.
“Obviously, for little kids vaccination is very scary and we come at them with a big needle every time they need a vaccine,” Giudice said in a telephone interview.
“Having been around parents before and after their children receive multiple needle-based vaccines at the same time, I just can’t imagine that some proportion of why some families decide not to vaccinate ... might have something to do with that we are giving some of these vaccines by a needle,” Giudice says.
For myself, needle pain never really played a role in the decision, although I could see it being important to the parents off a child with special needs. Do you think that offering a pain free alternative will cause more parents to vaccinate?