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Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for RSV approved by the FDA

The FDA has approved Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to prevent serious lung infections, especially in vulnerable populations like infants and older adults. Clinical trials show the vaccine is effective and safe, though concerns and skepticism from anti-vaccine advocates persist. Existing RSV vaccines also show efficacy.

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CDC reports low COVID, RSV, flu vaccination rates

During the 2023-24 winter, the U.S. is facing increased risks of COVID-19, RSV, and influenza due to low vaccination rates. The CDC reports that only 21.4% of adults over 18 and 41.5% of those over 65 received the COVID-19 vaccine. Flu vaccination rates are better at 46.8% for adults and 74.1% for seniors. However, only 20.1% of seniors are vaccinated against RSV. Children’s vaccination rates have yet to be revealed.

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Flu, COVID, RSV on the rise — beware the tripledemic

The USA, including California, faces a ‘tripledemic’ of seasonal flu, new COVID-19 variants, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). All three respiratory viruses, particularly harmful to seniors and children, can be prevented through vaccination. Despite this, many places are reporting low vaccination rates, especially among older people. The content highlights RSV’s severity and contagion, recent research into the virus, and the situation with the three diseases in California and other states.

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Respiratory syncytial virus, flu, and COVID-19 — the “tripledemic”

I rarely write about the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but the number of people infected by the virus, especially children, is leading to a fear of a tripledemic that includes RSV, the seasonal flu, and our constant nemesis, COVID-19. I guess this is the time I start writing more about the respiratory syncytial virus because everyone needs to be aware of this infectious disease.

This post will review what respiratory syncytial virus is, why it is so dangerous to children and seniors, and whether a vaccine is available.

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