New ‘Powder’ Vaccine for Measles Found Effective in Humans

New ‘Powder’ Vaccine for Measles Found Effective in Humans

The inhalable dry powder measles vaccine eliminates the need for painful injection and other concerns that characterize vaccination administered via injection. The experimental vaccine did not also cause significant side effects in its Phase 1 clinical trial. (Courtesy Photo)
The inhalable dry powder measles vaccine eliminates the need for painful injection and other concerns that characterize vaccination administered via injection. The experimental vaccine did not also cause significant side effects in its Phase 1 clinical trial. (Courtesy Photo)

(American Live Wire) – What if there were vaccines that didn’t use needles? Sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s exactly what a new measles vaccine seems to be – a team of experts have developed a measles vaccine that is in the powder form, aimed at improving coverage. Needless to say, this vaccine would be quite easy to administer.

Basically, this vaccine, which is in the form of a dry powder, can be delivered with a puff of air, and has already proved its efficacy in human trials. Earlier animal trials of this measles vaccine have also been successful, and it seems, very soon we may have it for use.

Lead researcher Prof. Robert Sievers from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have a belief that providing vaccines through the conventional way- using needles, could pose some serious problems. In countries with shortage of resources, these problems tend to be even more prominent. However, this is not the case with this new vaccine, which is safe and effective.

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