28 Dec 2023

New treatment offers hope for children against winter virus, expert explains

Data Correspondent and Presenter

The number of young children who have to be treated in hospital for the winter virus RSV could be slashed by more than 80% – if babies get a single dose of a new antibody treatment.

A trial involving thousands of children under 5 –  shows there’s a steep drop in hospitalisations for the virus in those who were given the jab, as well as a 58% fall in hospital admissions for all chest infections.

Earlier we spoke to Professor Calum Semple – who’s an expert in virus outbreaks. We asked him if the new jab was a game changer.