No more needles? 7 ways scientists are attempting to move beyond shots

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Mark Kendall is not using a needle in this shot! He is demonstrating how a vaccine can be delivered via a patch. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Mark Kendall is not giving himself a shot in this image! He is demonstrating how a vaccine can be delivered via a patch. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

My needle phobia goes back to when I was 5 years old. I was at the doctor’s office with my younger sister, Lizz, when our doctor had a brilliant idea: “Why don’t we give Kate her shot first so Lizz can see how easy it is?”

I was fine being asked to play the part of the brave older sister — until our family doctor took out a needle and dipped it into a vial of vaccine. I began to panic. “Be brave, be brave,” I told myself. And then … I passed out. And Lizz took off running.

Sadly, this needle phobia has persisted my whole life. I am well aware that shots don’t actually hurt that much and that even giving…

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