As RSV appears to wane, flu is on rise in ‘really unusual’ season | MUSC

Cases of RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, appear to be waning at MUSC Children’s Health after a very early spike. As you can see on the graph above, there were 407 positive test results for RSV in September. October has seen plenty of cases, 178 as of the 20th, but RSV appears to be on a downward trend.

Allison Eckard, M.D., serves as division chief for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. “I do think that we’ve peaked early with RSV, and that we’re coming down. But I think that we have to be cautious about what will happen during the winter. Will we see a second spike?”

 
Dr. Allison Eckard

Parents hope not. Some, like Cory and Sara Robertson of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, have had the harrowing experience of seeing their babies hospitalized with RSV. While RSV causes cold-like symptoms for most people, children under 4 months old are susceptible

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Study tries to see whether child vaccines and asthma are linked

A number of scientists have wondered if aluminum, a vaccine additive that has been used for decades, had a role in allergies and asthma in children.

A new federally funded study has found a possible link, but experts say the research has important shortcomings and is not a reason to change current vaccine recommendations. The study doesn’t claim aluminum causes the breathing condition, and officials say more work is needed to try to confirm any connection, which hadn’t been seen in earlier research.

Even if a link were ever found, the life-saving benefits of the vaccines are still likely to outweigh the asthma risk, said Dr. Matthew Daley, the study’s lead author. But it’s possible that if the results are confirmed, it could prompt new work to redesign vaccines, he added.

Dr. Paul Offit, of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, worried that the flawed study will needlessly scare some families away

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Sullivan, Carper Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Implement Holistic Approach to Children’s

09.29.22

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas), today introduced the Kickstarting Innovative Demonstrations Support (KIDS) Health Act of 2022 to establish a “whole child health care” model for children and youth eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The legislation would authorize federal dollars for state Medicaid programs to improve coordination between mental health and community health care providers to better support children’s needs through a holistic approach. 

“We are in the midst of a heartbreaking spike in mental health challenges among young people,” said Senator Sullivan. “Worse still, our country’s bureaucratic, siloed approach to health care and social services is not serving our kids well at a time when they need support the most. Senator Carper and I have crafted legislation that

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