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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

RSV Season Continues Too

By January 22, 2013

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Most pediatricians and parents have come to expect that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season, just like flu season, will come each year and that it will linger through most of the winter.

One big problem with this year's early flu season though, is that it is overlapping with the usual peak of RSV season. Add in the other common viruses and bacteria that can get kids sick during cold and flu season, and it might seem like your kids are getting one infection after another this year. It also means very busy doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals, which can make it difficult if your child needs medical attention.

On the bright side, the CDC reports that the percent positive respiratory syncytial virus tests in the United States has been trending down the last few weeks, so maybe RSV season has already peaked. That doesn't mean that RSV season is over though. As with flu, RSV season can continue through March or April, so don't be surprised if your child gets RSV later this Winter or in the early Spring.

Fortunately, while RSV can cause serious symptoms, it is important to remember that many children infected with RSV just get a simple cold or mild symptoms.

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