Scientists Use Tattoo Needle to Deliver HPV Vaccine!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 4:09am.

Tattoos cause more pain than ordinary shots, Martin Müller admits. But because tattoo needles cause more cellular damage, they also create more surface area for vaccines to seep in.


Tattoos are far more effective at generating antibodies than the old needle-and-plunger, Müller reports in the journal, Genetic Vaccines and Therapy.

The journal’s editors suggest the tattoo will work best for routine cattle vaccinations, and the injection of therapeutic DNA vaccines (i.e., the direct injection of genes) into humans.

But the tattoos might also help public health officials sort the vaccinated from the potentially contagious in a pandemic.


Physicians already consider certain scars to be proof of vaccination.

Müller specializes in vaccines against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer.

Some governments and pharmaceutical companies want to make the HPV vaccine mandatory for all children–girls, and boys.

A vaccine tattoo that says, in effect, “I’m clean,” could also change the way humans choose their sexual partners.

More about Müller’s experiments, at the German Cancer Research Center:

Research Group Tumorvirus-Specific Vaccination Strategies

Almost one-fifth of tumor diseases are associated with viral and bacterial pathogens. Cancer of the cervix is among these. At half a million new cases each year, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related disease among women. The leading risk factor for cervical cancer is infection with the human papilloma virus HPV. The goal of our working group is to develop vaccines preventing such viral infections as well as to scrutinize existing strategies for their effectiveness. In doing so, we are focusing on immune-therapeutic problems. Presently we are pursuing various approaches to develop a vaccine against HPV.


 Mark Baard - February 6, 2008 - posted at

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HeatherOfTheLake | Sat, 03/06/2010 - 5:32pm

So the needles are too expensive, but as we have seen in the past, the powers that be can and do create the money they need for their pet projects. They supposedly have no money for this and that (unemployment anyone?) but can afford all of these wars, universal health care, are opening up the immigration issue, and the list goes on.

It is sad to say that I am rarely surprised when I hear another hare-brained plan. Some how we have gotten it totally wrong. We have been placing the least responsible people in power, their primary responsibility is to the people of the States, not Iraq, Iran, Halliburton, Blackwater or whatever new name they have cooked up, or political and financial families that think they are above the rest of us.

TattooJob (not verified) | Sat, 03/06/2010 - 10:02am

Interesting, but this is something that will stay in academic papers and will never be practiced. Tattoos needles are just to expensive to use them for mass immunization.

Anonymous | Wed, 06/17/2009 - 12:39pm

Ever since Gardasil was approved by the FDA in June 2006, it has been widely advertised by the manufacturers as “the only cervical cancer vaccine.” However, it comes with a steep price tag that might deter some women from getting the vaccine. Gardasil is designed for women aged nine to 26 and it protects against human papillomavirus strains six, 11, 16 and 18. Strains 6 and 11 cause 90 percent of genital warts, and strains 16 and 18 cause 70 percent of cervical cancers.
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Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 04/14/2009 - 1:23am

There are so many things wrong with that. Like if you look up HPV the vaccine doesn't work on most of the strains as you can see here and the Government should have no say in this type of thing. It's our bodys and what we do with them is up to us.