Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Children

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a viral organism that can cause upper and lower respiratory tract infections. It most commonly causes bronchiolitis (inflammation of the lower airways) and pneumonia in children and infants under the age of 1.

Children's approach to RSV: prevention

A study of children age 7 and younger coming to Children's Emergency Department with acute respiratory illnesses found that those infected with RSV had more than twice as many emergency department visits and six times more hospitalizations than those with seasonal flu.

Children's encourages parents to focus on the prevention of RSV by recommending: handwashing, alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and simply staying home when sick. Learn more about the flu-whether seasonal flu, RSV or H1N1.

If your child is at Children's being treated for RSV, our healthcare workers will wear special isolation apparel such as gowns and gloves when they enter your child's room.

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