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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Many parts of the country, including Washington, are seeing high numbers of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

RSV is a contagious, seasonal respiratory infection. It is common in childhood but can affect adults as well. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis ÔÇô inflammation of the small airways in the lungs. RSV cases surge in late November to December and continue into the spring months.
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What you need to know about RSV:

Symptoms:

Keep an eye out for symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, rapid breathing, fever, and difficulty breathing. In infants, you may also notice irritability, decreased appetite, and dehydration.

Transmission:

RSV spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also live on surfaces for several hours, increasing the risk of transmission through contact with contaminated objects.

Prevention:

You can take several steps to reduce the risk of RSV infection:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before handling infants.
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow.

High-Risk Groups:

Infants born prematurely, those with certain heart or lung conditions, and children with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of severe RSV infection. Extra precautions should be taken to protect these vulnerable individuals.

Seeking Medical Attention:

If your child shows symptoms of RSV, particularly if they are under six months old or have underlying health conditions, seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent complications.

Treatment:

There is no specific treatment for RSV, but supportive care can help alleviate symptoms. This may include ensuring adequate hydration, using a cool mist humidifier to ease congestion, and administering over-the-counter fever reducers under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

Vaccination:

While there is currently no vaccine available for RSV, ongoing research is exploring potential vaccine candidates. In the meantime, practicing preventive measures is key to reducing the spread of the virus.

Your proactive efforts play a crucial role in protecting infants and young children from RSV and other respiratory illnesses. By staying informed and taking preventive measures, we can work together to keep our little ones healthy and safe.

Contact us to book your appointment.

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Yakima Pediatrics

(Pediatrics, Teen Health)

Contact

Phone: (509) 575-0114
Address: 402 S. 12th Ave Yakima, Washington 98902

Clinic Hours

Yakima Pediatrics┬áis currently open Monday through Friday 8:00 am ÔÇô 5:15 pm

Sources:

https://www.aap.org/en/patient-care/respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/rsv/index.html