October is RSV Awareness Month!
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a serious disease for all newborns, but it’s particularly dangerous for premature and medically fragile babies. RSV is always present in the population, but most areas of the country have increased cases of RSV in the late fall through early spring, which is why October has been designated as RSV Awareness Month.
So what is RSV?
RSV is a contagious respiratory disease that can infect the lungs. Nearly all children will catch it by 2 years of age, but luckily it usually presents as a regular common cold in healthy children and healthy adults. Babies who were born premature are at higher risk for a severe infection due to the likelihood that they have weaker lungs. A baby that is born prematurely is more vulnerable to severe RSV disease because they were born before their respiratory system could fully develop.
My daughter Joy was able to avoid contracting this terrible respiratory disease, but not all premature babies have such luck.
Recently, I had the honor of participating in a series of radio, television and internet interviews- along wit Dr. Mitch Goldstein of Loma Linda Medical Center in California– to help spread RSV awareness and offer tips on how parents can prevent their babies from getting RSV. Although we partnered with AstraZeneca on this satellite media tour, our opinions were our own.
Below are links to three of our interviews:
I also participated in interviews that led to several articles on RSV awareness and prevention. I linked some of them below:
Please read and share as many of these links and articles as you like, so that we can all help educate the public on the dangers of RSV and ways to help prevent it.
RSV season is only beginning in the Northeast and just maybe we can prevent a few babies from catching it if we spread awareness!
For more information, please visit www.rsvprotection.com
And don’t forget that November is National Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th is World Prematurity Day. Please check back here (www.micropreemie.net) to see all of the exciting events that are happening in honor of WPD2017!