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by: Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc.

It’s that time of year again – the joys of cold and flu season are here!

While many people are headed to the doctor to get their annual flu shot, doctors say the young and elderly populations should be aware of RSV as well.

RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is not an extremely dangerous virus to most, but it can cause serious problems in the very young and elderly populations.

Signs and symptoms often mimic that of the flu and other respiratory infections and include coughing, sneezing, running nose, fever, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.

For very young babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, RSV can cause more serious symptoms like rapid breathing, shortness of breath, bronchitis, pneumonia and in very severe cases, even death.

Currently there are no medications that treat RSV and physicians usually recommend over the counter medicines to help relieve symptoms.

RSV vaccinations are also in the works to prevent the infection as well.

Currently CTT is enrolling healthy adults 60 years and older for an investigational RSV vaccine. For more information on this study, visit SAresearch.com or call 210.949.0122.