How can I protect my child?

Preventive Steps

There are steps you can take to help protect your baby during the RSV season.1

RSV outbreaks can happen any time of year, but usually happen during colder, wintry months. Since RSV season varies by region, it’s always best to ask your doctor about when it occurs in your area.2,3

Simple Ways Of Reducing The Risk Of An RSV Infection:

Wash your hands often and ask others to do the same
Avoid crowds and other young children, especially those with a cold or fever
Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean
Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby

Medical Prevention

There is no vaccine for RSV , but there are medicines available that can protect high-risk babies and young children against serious or severe RSV infections.4

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1. Jones A. RSV: when it’s more than just a cold. Updated November 4, 2019. Accessed June 22, 2020.
2. Li Y, Reeves RM, Wang X, et al. Global patterns in monthly activity of influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, and metapneumovirus: a systematic analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2019;7(8):e1031-e1045. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30264-5
3. Obando-Pacheco P, Justicia-Grande AJ, Rivero-Calle I, et al. Respiratory syncytial virus seasonality: a global overview. J Infect Dis. 2018;217(9):1356-1364. doi:10.1093/infdis/jiy056
4. Resch B. Product review on the monoclonal antibody palivizumab for prevention of respiratory syncytial virus infection. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2017;13(9):2138-2149. doi:10.1080/21645515.2017.1337614

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