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RSV - quick facts

Most moms have heard of, or have first hand experience ,with RSV.
Here are some quick facts:

  • RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a virus that affects the airways and lungs. 
  • RSV is highly contagious and is spread via droplets (sneezes, coughs).
  • RSV causes symptoms like that of a common cold, e.g.
    • stuffy or runny nose
    • fever
    • coughing
    • headaches
  • In a small amount of children RSV may lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia.
  • Smaller children, especially those who were born prematurely, are usually affected more than bigger children.
  • While most kids will have had a RSV infection by age 2, lets help prevent its spread by remembering to
    • wash our hands,
    • cover our mouths and noses when we cough
    • keep surfaces clean