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Vaccines for the common cold

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, May 2017
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Title
Vaccines for the common cold
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, May 2017
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd002190.pub5
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Daniel Simancas-Racines, Juan VA Franco, Claudia V Guerra, Maria L Felix, Ricardo Hidalgo, Maria José Martinez-Zapata

Abstract

The common cold is a spontaneously remitting infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterised by a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, malaise, sore throat, and fever (usually < 37.8º C). The widespread morbidity caused by the common cold worldwide is related to its ubiquitousness rather than its severity. The development of vaccines for the common cold has been difficult because of antigenic variability of the common cold virus and the indistinguishable multiple other viruses and even bacteria acting as infective agents. There is uncertainty regarding the efficacy and safety of interventions for preventing the common cold in healthy people. This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2011 and previously updated in 2013. To assess the clinical effectiveness and safety of vaccines for preventing the common cold in healthy people. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (September 2016), MEDLINE (1948 to September 2016), Embase (1974 to September 2016), CINAHL (1981 to September 2016), and LILACS (1982 to September 2016). We also searched three trials registers for ongoing studies and four websites for additional trials (February 2017). We included no language or date restrictions. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of any virus vaccines compared with placebo to prevent the common cold in healthy people. Two review authors independently evaluated methodological quality and extracted trial data. We resolved disagreements by discussion or by consulting a third review author. We found no additional RCTs for inclusion in this update. This review includes one RCT dating from the 1960s with an overall high risk of bias. The RCT included 2307 healthy participants, all of whom were included in analyses. This trial compared the effect of an adenovirus vaccine against placebo. No statistically significant difference in common cold incidence was found: there were 13 (1.14%) events in 1139 participants in the vaccines group and 14 (1.19%) events in 1168 participants in the placebo group (risk ratio 0.95, 95% confidence interval 0.45 to 2.02; P = 0.90). No adverse events related to the live vaccine were reported. The quality of the evidence was low due to limitations in methodological quality and a wide 95% confidence interval. This Cochrane Review was based on one study with low-quality evidence. We found no conclusive results to support the use of vaccines for preventing the common cold in healthy people compared with placebo. We identified a need for well-designed, adequately powered RCTs to investigate vaccines for the common cold in healthy people. Any future trials on medical treatments for preventing the common cold should assess a variety of virus vaccines for this condition. Outcome measures should include common cold incidence, vaccine safety, and mortality related to the vaccine.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
New Zealand 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 155 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 18%
Student > Master 27 17%
Researcher 20 13%
Other 9 6%
Student > Postgraduate 8 5%
Other 22 14%
Unknown 44 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 49 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 16 10%
Psychology 10 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 5 3%
Other 22 14%
Unknown 49 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 118. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 April 2021.
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#206,028
of 17,658,188 outputs
Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#407
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Outputs of similar age
#6,074
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Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#19
of 247 outputs
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