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ALERT: CDC Warns Of Respiratory Virus Affecting Children & Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning about a respiratory infection that can affect your kids and even some adults.

As the colder weather approaches, parents should make sure that their kids add on the layers and bundle up so they don’t get sick, but the CDC is warning parents to watch out for Respiratory Syncytial Virus or ‘RSV.’

RSV starts out as looking like a common cold.

RSV is a respiratory virus which  usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms and most people recover in a week or 2.

However, RSV can also be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

In fact, it is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year.

It is also a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults.

At the moment, the CDC says there is not a vaccine available to treat RSV. There is a medicine that can help protect some babies. This medicine (called palivizumab) is a series of monthly shots.

What are the Symptoms of RSV?


The CDC provides the following tips to prevent the spread of RSV: 

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