South Bend Clinic participating in national RSV vaccine study

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A piece of important medical research is coming to South Bend.

The South Bend Clinic has been selected to take part in a national research study for an adult vaccine trial.

The vaccine targets RSV, a respiratory virus that affects young children and seniors, typically in winter. Prior to COVID RSV was a major cause of death in seniors over 65 and still takes around 20,000 lives each year.

South Bend Clinic Center for Research Medical Director Dr. Jim Harris tells ABC 57 a prevention vaccine against RSV has never been successful in the past, but COVID-inspired technology has driven research this year to try and bring an end to it.




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