Somebody Finally Created A Better Vaccine
Needles hurt…but more than that, they’re just a bit scary. The idea of a doctor shoving a centimeter-long syringe into your arm, filled with who-knows-what, is just not comforting. Luckily, one company has redesigned the syringe, to make the process nearly painless, and intuitive.
The new syringe is called the “vacc-stamp”. It’s a round, flat piece of plastic that reminds me a bit of some of the wearable electronics I’ve used. It’s as non-threatening as things can look. It also has some nifty features.
The name “Vacc-Stamp” comes from the stamping process when the device hits your skin, it essentially covers your skin with a thin stamp of anti-bacterial stuff, to keep things sanitary, and prevent infection and bleeding.
It also uses “microneedles” to deliver a more painless shot, and carries only a single dose, so that you’re always given the dose, and the full dose. A little symbol displays that the shot has been administered, so you can visually confirm that it was given properly. Plus, isn’t just comforting to not have to watch the needle enter your skin?
When the shot is done, you’re given the option of keeping the stamp device, sans-needle (which is removed), to keep track physically of the vaccines that you’ve had. I probably wouldn’t do this personally, but I see the virtues.
Vacc-stamps make vaccines simple in a way that we should have done long ago. Unfortunately, they currently only make these for infants, so those of us in the adult world will have to wait a few years for these to come into vogue.
Source: IDSA Idea awards