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Take part in a clinical trial for pregnant women

Wednesday, February 21, 2018   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: children, research, medical, women

University of Otago - Te Whare Wānanga o OtāgoThe University of Otago is currently recruiting pregnant women for a clinical trial of a new RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) immunisation - in collaboration with Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

RSV is the virus that causes bronchiolitis in babies and infants, often leading to hospital admission. By the age of two, almost all children have been exposed to RSV. RSV illness early in life may also increase the chances of a child developing wheezing and asthma when they are older.

The RSV vaccine is given to pregnant women during the third trimester to protect their babies from severe RSV infection.

This trial is a multinational study that will determine the efficacy of the vaccine for protecting babies against RSV. Christchurch is one of six New Zealand sites taking part in this global trial, now coming into its second year of recruitment.

The researchers are looking for interested eligible pregnant women to join the study, until early July 2018. Potential participants will need to be:

  •  due to give birth between 3rd April and 1st August 2018;
  •  aged between 18 and 40 years old;
  •  in good general physical health;
  •  having a singleton pregnancy (not a multiple birth such as twins).

Contact Research Midwife Di Leishman to arrange a meeting if you are interested in participating, or know someone who is (di.leishman[at] or 364 4631). You can also contact Di if you have any questions or want to discuss the vaccine trial in more detail.

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