Needle-free vaccine

smoothieGood news for spike-averse individuals like myself with the ongoing development of a vaccination method that claims to be as pleasant as drinking a yogurt smoothie:

This new generation vaccine has big benefits beyond eliminating the “Ouch!” factor. Delivering the vaccine to the gut — rather than injecting it into a muscle — harnesses the full power of the body’s primary immune force, which is located in the small intestine.

“Nature isn’t used to seeing antigens injected into a muscle,” said Barrett, who also is a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “The place where your immune system is designed to encounter and mount a defense against antigens is your gut.”

Wonderful news.

[from Physorg][image from Dannynic on flickr]