Did you know…?
Almost all children will be infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by their second birthday. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and young children. Each year in the US, more than 57,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized due to RSV infection. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age. These infections generally occur during fall, winter and spring.
Common symptoms include:
- Reduced appetite
- Runny nose
People with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days. Children are often exposed to and infected with RSV outside the home, such as in school or child-care centers.
Help prevent the spread of RSV:
Information from CDC.gov