Needle Free Vaccines?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Needle Free Vaccines?
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? 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:34pm
Obviously they have the flu mist, which is needle-less, but are more people opting in for that vaccine because of that fact? I don't know, but I never once considered changing my vaccination decisions based solely on the delivery method. But I am sure there are some parents that may use that as a reason, but I have a feelings it probably a lot smaller than they are trying to make us think it is in the article.