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30 October 2017

The national “ARCHIE” study is looking at whether giving antibiotics promptly to children in ‘at risk’ groups who develop flu-like symptoms will prevent them from becoming more unwell with chest and ear infections.

As well as helping researchers find out if antibiotics given within the first five days of illness are effective, the study may also show which children are most likely to benefit from the drugs. This will make sure antibiotics are used correctly in the future and so will remain effective against bacterial infections.

It is the third year Ipswich has taken part in ARCHIE trial, which has been funded by the National Institute of Health Research and has Archie the penguin as its mascot.

Researchers are now appealing for children between the ages of 6 months to 12 years with conditions such as asthma, kidney disease, cerebral palsy, hepatitis, diabetes, sickle cell disease, or who have been previously admitted for pneumonia or who were born prematurely and are still under the age of two to sign up to help.

Jon Hassler-Hurst, lead paediatric research nurse at the hospital, said: “We are appealing to families with children who are vulnerable to complications from flu to get in touch to help us with this important study.

“All ‘at risk’ groups are encouraged to get vaccinated against flu every year, but they can sometimes still contract flu or a flu-like illness. Having the Flu vaccine does not prevent them from taking part in the ARCIHE study.”

“ARCHIE will help us to find out if giving antibiotics within the first five days of getting symptoms will help prevent these children from developing other serious conditions, such as chest and ear infections. It may also show us which children are most likely to benefit from antibiotics, which means we can target their use more effectively in the long term.

“We are really grateful to everyone who has signed up to take part in the last two years and hope that their generosity will make a real difference to other children in the future.”

Anyone who thinks their child could help should contact the Paediatric Research Team by emailing Research.PaedDiab@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or phoning 01473 704746 or 704749 (both have voicemail)

For more information about the study, go to www.archiestudy.com