New technology could bring an end to booster jabs!
We all know that dreaded feeling when you have to take your little one to the doctor’s surgery for the first time to start them on the long road of baby vaccinations. What if we told you that new technology has been developed that could potentially see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection!
Scientists have developed a method to combine many different doses of different vaccinations in one jab. Once a person has been injected the contents can be released over a set amount of time whether it be 9, 20 or 41 days. This means that a single injection could have multiple boosts on it, removing the need for booster jabs.
During childhood, children have to go through a sea of doctors appointments for their vaccinations. According to NHS Choices, here’s a list of routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.
• 6-in1 vaccine protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B given at eight, 12 and 16 weeks.
• Pneumococcal jab given at eight weeks, 16 weeks and one year
• Men B vaccine given at eight weeks, 16 weeks and one year
• Hib/Men C vaccine given at one year
• MMR vaccine protects against: Measles, mumps and rubella given at one year and three years and four months
Already you can see that’s a lot of appointments, and even more booster jabs! Imagine if we could combine all of those appointments and nasty injections into one jab, it would definitely mean a lot less tears! This could be huge for the developing world as it could mean the difference between not getting vaccinations and receiving them all in one go.
As parents there are still worries about this new technology as it’s yet to be administered on patients. But watch this space this new technology could be future for vaccinations.
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