MicroPatch Study

Study title: A Study to Evaluate the Safety, Reactogenicity, and Acceptability of a Placebo Microneedle Patch in Healthy Infants and Young Children.

Age range: Children 6 weeks - 24 months

Study criteria: Healthy children with no chronic medical illnesses.

Contact email: ecc.vaccine@emory.edu

Contact Phone number: 404-727-4044

Study Description

The purpose of this study is to see if a placebo micropatch safe and acceptable to use in infants and children. Placebo means there is no medication being given, this study is only looked to see if the patch itself causes any problems.

Most vaccines today are given by injection, using a needle and syringe.  Parents are often concerned about the pain associated with giving their child a shot.  Technology has developed new methods to administer vaccines.  One new method is to use a small patch containing microneedles. These are very tiny needles made out of sugar and are about the size of about 3 grains of salt.  In studies of adults, they cause less pain than regular needles used for injections.

Who Can Participate?

Healthy children with no chronic medical illnesses.

What is involved?

The study involves 3 -5 clinic visits at Emory Children’s Center, over 1 month. Each visit will last between 1-2 hours each. Children will receive 1 micropatch on different parts of body at their first visit. 

What are the benefits?

This study is not designed to benefit you or your child directly. The results of this study may be helpful for other children in the future.

 This study is free. To say thank you, families will be compensated for their time and participation.