Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)


Children in day-care centres and preschools are at greatest risk for RSV. Infants are at greater risk if they have an older brother or sister in school. RSV is an especially contagious virus because it can live on surfaces for hours, and is easily passed from person to person.

Because RSV occurs in sudden, large outbreaks throughout the year, it is hard to prevent your child from being exposed to the virus.

Still, there are many things you can do to reduce your child's risk of getting RSV:

  • Wash your child's hands with soap and water. Good and frequent hand-washing is the best way to prevent RSV infection.
  • Throw used tissues in the garbage.
  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • If your older child comes down with a cold, keep him away from an infant brother or sister until the symptoms pass.
  • Don't let your child share things that could easily pass germs, like cups, spoons or pillows.
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Page Last Updated: 19/08/2014