Human Parainfluenza Viruses (HPIV) in Children

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Overview

Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIV) are a group of viruses that cause different types of respiratory infections and are most common in children and babies.

  • infections range from the common cold and ear infections to croup and viral pneumonia
  • the viruses need to run their course; antibiotics won't work
  • they are most commonly transmitted from a sneeze
  • lower respiratory infections seem to affect more boys than girls
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