RSV is a common, seasonal virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of infants by the age of 2.1! Preemies are at higher risks to get it. RSV occurs in epidemics, typically from November through March in most of the US, but the “RSV season” can vary by geography and differentiate from year to year. The virus can lead to a mild respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold or flu, but in some little ones it can develop into a much more serious infection. Severe RSV Disease is actually the leading cause of infant hospitalization (approximately 125,000) during their first year of life. That is unbelievable! 200 of those hospitalizations unfortunately result in deaths each year. That is 10 times more than infant deaths due to the flu! There is currently NO TREATMENT for RSV infection, therefore prevention is CRITICAL.
* Wash their hands and ask others to do the same
* Keep toys, clothes, blanket and sheets clean
* Avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season
* Never let anyone smoke around your baby
* Steer clear of people who are sick or who have recently been sick
How will YOU help me raise awareness about RSV?