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4 Your Health: Off the wall threat; seniors skip shots; pain free way to prevent flu

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Tucson- You may soon be able to get a flu vaccine, without the pain.

Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed a skin patch that uses tiny dissolvable needles to deliver the vaccine. Initial experiments show the patch is safe, effective as traditional flu shots and patients could actually give it to themselves.

Experts hope this alternative will increase the number of people who get vaccinated each year.

Another new study reveals many older Americans are not getting the flu, or other recommended vaccines.

In 2015, nearly two thirds of seniors had never gotten a shingles vaccine and nearly half did not have a current tetanus shot. Roughly one third of people over 65 had also not received a flu shot.

Wallpaper making people sick

New research from France suggests toxins from fungus growing on wallpaper may disperse into the air. The pieces were smaller than spores and could easily be inhaled into the lungs. 

An estimated 20 to 40 percent of buildings in Northern Europe and North America have visible fungal growth.

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