Vaccine-Delivery Patch With Dissolving Microneedles Eliminates ‘Sharps,’ Boosts Protection

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An array of 36 dissolving microneedles is shown here on a fingertip for size comparison.

A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines — while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza.

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