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Every year during the fall, winter and early spring, we restrict visitation to our Children’s Hospital and our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The reason: to protect our patients from viruses like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). You may have never heard of RSV, but there is a very good chance that you HAVE had it. For most people, RSV acts just like a common cold, but for the very young or immunocompromised, RSV can cause serious problems and may even require mechanical ventilation.
Hospitals are places to get well, and it is our job to try to prevent additional illness while patients are in our care. Just a little cold or sniffle for you or an otherwise healthy sibling, can turn into a very bad illness for a young, hospitalized child.
This is why during the respiratory viral season we ask that:
Things you may not know about RSV:
Now that you know RSV, help us protect young patients from getting the virus and the potentially serious complications.
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