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Self-Flu Vaccinations Could Be Right Around the Corner

luiscar/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Who knows? By the time the next flu season rolls around, you might be giving yourself a vaccine to keep from getting sick.

Although that may sound wildly optimistic, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are touting a new microneedle patch that can deliver the same medicine you get at the doctor’s office or pharmacy.

The best part about the patch seems to be that it’s far less scary than the pinch delivered by a regular needle.

Ninety people were asked to rate the pain factor of the patch from one to 100 with the high number being the worst and the average was 15.

The best case scenario is that it might be available to the public within five years. Another big positive of the microneedle patch is that it will be cheaper than a regular vaccination while also greatly freeing up health care professionals to deal with more serious matters.

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