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A tiny implant could replace booster shot injections

28
Nov
2013

Booster shots, like injections for hepatitis B or whooping cough, require several carefully timed trips to the doctors office. And in developing countries, it can be exceedingly difficult for patients to even access a full round of injections. Now, scientists out of Europe have devised a novel new system that might one day replace booster shots entirely. Instead, they report in Advanced Functional Materials, patients would swallow a pill to trigger the release of one vaccine dose from a gel implant placed beneath the skin.

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