Published on Sep 6, 2023
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team
RSV (short for respiratory syncytial virus; “syncytial” is pronounced syn·cy·tial [sin-sish-uhl]) is a common virus that can cause chest infection in babies, children and adults.1 RSV is highly contagious and activity tends to start around April to May, with the peak occurring during the winter months, although the timing may vary depending on where you live in Australia.2 The RSV season is usually a few weeks before the influenza season, however the timing has been less predictable following the COVID-19 pandemic.2 RSV outbreaks can be serious, causing a range of lung and airway illnesses that can vary from mild to severe, sometimes leading to hospitalisations.3 RSV causes thousands of hospitalisations among children each year.4
Almost all children will have been infected with RSV before their second birthday.3
However, there is a higher risk for severe RSV infections in:3
RSV – Fast facts:
RSV is a common and highly contagious virus that can cause chest infection in babies and children
Outbreaks usually peak during the winter months (exact timing may vary)
RSV can range from mild to severe - the disease can be unpredictable in babies and children
Babies under 6 months old are at a higher risk of severe symptoms and complications
What can you do to protect your little one?
Be aware of the early signs of RSV
Take preventive measures to reduce the spread of the virus
If you suspect your child may have RSV, seek medical attention for proper evaluation and care.