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
- 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