Home Health Parents News Now Painless Vaccine Patches in Development Painless Vaccine Patches in Development By Holly Lebowitz Rossi August 21, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_105845714 29830 Every parent dreads it — holding the baby still while a nurse or technician pushes a needle into the tender flesh of a plump little thigh. The screams are bad enough — add the guilt at knowingly inflicting pain, even with the knowledge that a moment of discomfort is warding off death or weeks of illness. But what if there was another way? What if a little clear patch arrived by mail, one that could be stuck onto the child's back and then would dissolve painlessly? Baby's protected, no one cries and everyone is saved the time and expense of an office visit. Several labs are working to make it happen. Not only would it ease distress, but Dr. Erin Giudice, a pediatrician at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, thinks it might help fight a growing resistance to vaccination. "Obviously, for little kids vaccination is very scary and we come at them with a big needle every time they need a vaccine," Giudice said in a telephone interview. Image: Child getting vaccine, via Shutterstock. By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Painless Vaccine Patches in Development Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.