Protect the children in your care by knowing the facts about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). A viral disease primarily affects children but can occur in people of all ages. RSV infects the nose, throat, lungs, and breathing passages and is spread through contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Be proactive and talk to your families about the importance of careful and frequent hand washing. Share the signs and symptoms of RSV and how it spreads. If you suspect illness, suggest the child see their doctor for a diagnosis. Go over your health policy, so they know when their child should stay home.