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Tired of the common cold? A new vaccine could prevent it

Parents know just how miserable it can be when their children are sick with a cold. But researchers at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are working on a new vaccine that could prevent colds.

“This one here hasn’t been very sick, but other one, oh, she’s very fussy, lazy, don’t want to do nothing,” said Cheryl McCrary, a mother of two children. 

“I have to make sure she’s taking her proper fluids, nurse her back to care and such. It’s a big inconvenience,” said Adam McKenzie, a father of a 3-year-old girl.

As a father of two children, Emory University Associate Professor Martin Moore knows first-hand how inconvenient the coughing, sneezing and runny nose that are symptoms of the common cold can be. When his kids caught colds, their pediatrician would say it’s just a virus, keep them home.  

“But then you can’t take them back to daycare. So now you’re stuck out of work. And I thought, you know, if we can manipulate these viruses in the lab, why can’t we come up with something for the common cold?” said Moore.

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