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RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a virus that infects the lungs and the airways.
It is mostly seasonal, occurring more frequently in Autumn and Winter, and can affect people of all ages.

Mild to moderate illness self-resolves, with common symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, fever, body pains, headache, and/or loss of appetite, that usually lasts for 1-2 weeks.

Infants, young children, older people, people with a pre-existing lung or heart disease, and those with a weak immune system are at a higher risk.

RSV is preventable! Stay home if unwell, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash hands with warm water and soap or use hand sanitiser, wear a mask in crowded places, and avoid contact with high-risk groups, if you feel unwell.

No vaccine is available to protect against RSV but staying up-to-date with your influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations can reduce the risk.

Call an ambulance or go to your nearest hospital emergency department if your child is turning blue, having trouble breathing, or is breathing very quickly. In an emergency, always call triple zero (000).

For more information, head to the Better Health Channel.