How to protect your child from serious RS virus infection

In October, more than a thousand children in Sweden were hospitalized for treatment of this type of respiratory infection. It usually starts as a common cold and is in most cases mild. Agnes Gavelin, who has just had her second child, talks about the concern that the little baby will be infected, and the family keeps the two-year-old big sister at home from preschool. Can research give parents concrete tips on what they can do to reduce the risk of their children becoming seriously ill? And how close are we to a vaccine against the RS virus?

Johan Hamrin, pediatrician at Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital, provides advice based on recent research. He does not agree with Professor Agnes Wold that it is safe to go to a café with her child. According to AnnaSara Carnahan, epidemiologist at the Swedish Public Health Agency, we can perhaps expect a second wave of infection after Christmas. Sebastian Ols, doctoral student in vaccine immunology at Karolinska Institutet, reveals how close we can be to a future vaccine against RS virus.

Host: Annika Östman
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Producer: Jonna Westin
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Source: ICELAND NEWS


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