Future of (influenza) immunization

Merle-Christin Leuschner

Mai / May - 2020

Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

Master of Arts


The project consists of three components. The immunization.lab is the concept of separate access in the pharmacy, where it is possible to hear and receive without an appointment. Vaccinations in general should not be relocated to the pharmacy, they are only offered as an option here. The difference that the Immobil.lab as a campaign, since it is already labeling by people and the pharmacy that was made. In the new area, influenza is vaccinated primarily and seasonally, but other vaccinations can also be given here during the rest of the year or in parallel. Vaccination is carried out here with immu.fea - a needle and slow painful injection device (main component of the design). Matching this, there is also the immu.tape, a reference adhesive strip that will be before delivery and can become longer a plaster.

What is the Topic?

In order to make vaccination safer for pharmacists and patients, I designed an injection device that offers several new forms of quality: With immu.fea, the vaccine is injected needle-free and almost painless in 1/10 seconds. For a precise intramuscular vaccination, the thickness of the skin layers is measured beforehand using ultrasound technology and the injection depth is adjusted using a lens. In addition, the position for attaching the immu.fea to the outer upper arm is determined with immu.tape and made visible by gluing. This measuring strip is expanded into a plaster after the injection. The design is meant to indicate our own responsibility and the priority that influenza vaccination has for our society. Also on the professional handling of pharmacists with their new tasks. It should promote social acceptance and readiness for (flu) vaccinations and integrate the campaign into everyday life.

Why does it look like this?

The immunization.lab should have a high recognition value and therefore shine conspicuously. It should appear high-quality and convey that the treatment has nothing to do with a painful vaccination in doctor's offices. It is kept very small, but offers the patient and the pharmacist enough freedom of movement. Since the room structure can be thought of as semi-detached or completely detached, it is possible to implement the area in many pharmacies. Architecturally, this niche is built like a shell, so that the patient enjoys privacy thanks to double privacy protection in the central interior. Especially since the upper part may have to be removed if the clothing is too tight for an intramuscular vaccination on the upper arm. The Immu.fea is roughly composed of a cylinder and a detached handle. The front area is inspired by a camera lens. The handle should formally distinguish itself from a common syringe, not be too filigree and small and give both the pharmacist and the patient a feeling of security.

What is special?

The special thing is, in addition to a needle-free method of administration, the idea of ​​a lens for measuring on two different levels (for positioning on the deltoid muscle and for determining the correct injection depth).

What is new?

The use of an ultrasound measurement and the use of a plaster for positioning (immu.tape).