While National RSV Awareness Month is observed in October, it is important to remember that depending on where you live RSV season begins as early as October and goes through the month of April.
RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common, but dangerous virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before they turn two years of age. RSV is also very contagious. For the majority of those who get RSV, it is nothing more than a cold. But for babies born prematurely, or those under age 2 born with heart or lung disease, or with a weakened immune system it can be the cause of rehospitalization. It can also be life-threatening.