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What Parents Need to Know About RSV

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common but contagious respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Although most older children and adults recover in a week or two, RSV can be serious, especially for infants and young children. Here are some links to information about RSV in infants and young children:

Protect your child from RSV

RSV Symptoms

Although RSV may be mild when it first starts, it can become increasingly severe a few days into
the illness. Early symptoms of RSV may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Cough, which may progress to wheezing or difficulty breathing

Infants with RSV almost always show symptoms, though in very young infants (less than 6 months old) the only symptoms of RSV infection may be:

  • Irritability
  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Apnea (pauses in breathing for more than 10 seconds)
  • A fever may not always occur with RSV infections

Prevent the Spread of RSV

RSV season in Oregon usually starts in the fall and peaks in the winter. To protect infants and
young children from RSV, you should take extra care by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If you cannot wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least
    60% alcohol
  • Keep your hands away from your face to avoid spreading germs
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect highly-used surfaces and objects

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