Vital Reminders for Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a very common respiratory virus that causes infection of the lungs and respiratory tract. RSV can infect year round but typically runs from fall to spring. Although RSV may mimic the symptoms of a common cold, it can be much more serious. RSV is one of the leading causes of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia in children younger than one year old in the United States. That said, children are not the only ones who can be affected by RSV—it also poses a significant risk of respiratory illness in older adults. Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by the time they are two years old.Signs and Symptoms: iStock-870697350.jpgRunny noseDecrease in appetiteCoughingSneezingFeverWheezingRapid breathing or difficulty breathing (the…
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