Protect Against Respiratory Synctial Virus

The flu is not the only virus you may want to protect your family from this season. Other bugs such as respiratory synctial virus (RSV), which causes cold-like symptoms, will be making the rounds.

RSV is common from fall to spring and can lead to serious illness, especially in infants and older adults. Infants and young children may experience a fever, reduced appetite, runny nose, cough, and wheezing. Older children and adults may have a runny nose, sore throat, headache, cough, and a feeling of general sickness.

The virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, sending respiratory droplets into the air. These droplets can end up in other people’s eyes, mouths or noses, where they can cause infection.

To help prevent the spread of RSV, people who have cold-like symptoms should:
• Cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
• Wash their hands often with soap and water for 15–20 seconds
• Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
• Refrain from kissing others

To learn more, please visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/features/rsv/index.html

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