This medical video focuses on the vaccine that is being used to help keep premature babies healthy.
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Jennifer Mathews: They are called life’s little miracles but baby Heaven really is a miracle to her family. She was born premature at just under three pounds. Cheetara Broadie: -- real, I was -- I know I wanted to be scared or I really do; now what you think? Jennifer Mathews: Heaven pulled through and came home after one month. Beverly Broadie: It was just joy, excitement for the whole family. Jennifer Mathews: But even after Heaven and other premies are home, they had a greater risk for health problems like RSV, it’s a respiratory virus that just causes the sniffles for most babies but in our risk babies, they can spread it to lungs leading to bronchitis and pneumonia. Doctor Jatinder Bhatia is studying a new superpotent version of an RSV vaccine already in use. Jatinder Bhatia: It is expected to be 50-100 times more potent and the expectation that it’ll be that much more effective and reducing the problems in the babies and reducing the hospitalizations. Jennifer Mathews: Targeting a protein on the surface of the virus that causes it to spread. Jatinder Bhatia: It’s exciting because this would add one more disease that can be prevented or meliorated. Jennifer Mathews: Heaven was part of the study and received a series of shot; luckily she stayed healthy and happy. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.