Downloadable Resources

A Parent’s Guide to RSV

This guide includes helpful information for parents/caregivers about RSV and how to prevent it.

Discussion Guide

This discussion guide can help you start the conversation about RSV with your healthcare provider and includes helpful information about RSV and how to prevent it.

Frequently Asked Questions

RSV or respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus is a seasonal virus, like the flu, that’s easily spread. Most children get RSV by age 2—it usually seems like a baby has a common cold. Learn More
All babies are at risk for getting RSV; however, the consequences for high-risk babies are more serious. These babies include those born prematurely or with certain heart and lung problems. Learn More
Severe RSV disease occurs when RSV enters the lungs and causes infection. Learn More
RSV is a leading cause of hospitalizations in the US for children less than 1 year of age. Learn More
  • Coughing or wheezing that doesn’t stop
  • Fast or troubled breathing or gasping for breath
  • Fever, especially if greater than 100.4 °F (rectal) in infants under 3 months of age
  • Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  • Flared nostrils and/or increased chest retractions when trying to breathe
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Although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help protect your baby from RSV:

  • Wash your hands before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same
  • Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby
  • Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often
  • Keep your baby away from crowds, young children, and people with colds
  • Talk to your baby’s healtcare provider to see if a medication to help protect your baby from RSV is right for your baby
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Contact your healthcare provider right away if you notice RSV symptoms or think your baby might have RSV.