MIT researchers could change the way babies are given vaccines

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WIVB) — A discovery at MIT could change the way childhood vaccines are given.

Engineers have come up with a way to deliver multiple doses of a drug long after the initial injection.

The new micro-particles resemble tiny coffee cups sealed with a lid.

They’re programmed to release a vaccine at specific times.

Researchers say it could allow babies to get one injection after birth that delivers all the vaccines they need in the first one or two years of life.

It involves a new 3D fabrication method. Researchers say the technique creates “unprecedented opportunities in manufacturing and medicine.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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