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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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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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RSV vaccine candidates are entering phase 3 trials — stopping a dangerous disease

A respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine has been a goal for researchers for a long time, given the serious outcomes of an RSV infection. According to the CDC, an RSV vaccine could dramatically reduce hospital and intensive-care admissions, especially for children and seniors.

A series of clinical trials tested a vaccine made from inactivated RSV in children in the 1960s. Unfortunately, the vaccine candidate worsened the disease in children when they were later naturally infected with RSV.

However, these new vaccines have shown good safety and effectiveness results in clinical trials. This article will review what RSV is and the list of vaccine candidates that are entering or are in phase 3 clinical trials.

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“Flurona” — you need both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines

As I wrote before, this pandemic has given us a bunch of new terms, the newest one is “flurona” or contracting both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time. It’s not a new disease, but it is worrisome since it could make our public health crisis worse.

This brief article will take a look at this flurona phenomenon and whether it’s something that requires concern.

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