Steps to Mitigate RSV as a Public Health Concern

Call to Action: New RSV Resources Available

Apr 21, 2022 | Katherine Waters

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory infection which results in substantial morbidity and mortality each year. RSV can be especially dangerous in more vulnerable populations such as young or premature infants, individuals with pre-existing conditions like heart or lung disease, and adults above the age of 65 years old. As such, RSV is currently the leading cause of hospitalization in infants and results in approximately 14,000 deaths annually across age groups. Like other respiratory illnesses, common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose and fever. Due to RSV’s similarity to other respiratory infections, including COVID-19, it’s important for patients and providers to be aware of its burden and understand prevention and treatment methods.

Earlier this year, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) issued a Call to Action to help raise awareness of the impact of RSV and highlight opportunities for enhanced prevention and treatment efforts. As a supplement to the report, NFID has also developed a suite of resources including infographics, a factsheet, and a public-service announcement. Please see the resources below and share within your own networks:

Of note, the Call to Action reminds us of the important role that local health departments play in understanding the burden of RSV and implementing prevention and treatment strategies at the local level. As we collectively work towards national strategies regarding RSV surveillance systems and innovations in prevention and treatment methods, local health departments can use these resources to help raise awareness for both the public and healthcare providers in their jurisdictions.

Additional resources related to RSV:


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