County Urges RSV Precautions
Cropped shot of an unrecognizable young woman washing her hands in the bathroom basin at home. Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR

Riverside County Public Health Officer Geoffrey Leung is urging parents to take the necessary precautions to protect their children as officials see an increase in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in young children.

While RSV is a common respiratory virus, it can make young children quite ill. So, we are asking that parents do what they can to prevent kids from getting sick,” said Dr. Leung.

Dr. Leung noted the following recommendations will help prevent the spread of RSV and other diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Keep children home when sick.

Voluntary masking indoors in schools and in public places for children and adults around children, could help.

Additionally, Public Health officials recommend everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine.  In Europe, an RSV vaccine has been approved for children under 1 year of age.  But that vaccine has not been approved in the U-S.

RSV typically causes mild, cold-like symptoms, but can be particularly serious for infants and older adults. It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year old in the United States.

Symptoms of RSV can include shallow or difficulty breathing, cough, poor appetite, listlessness or irritability.

Residents are advised to call their healthcare provider and seek immediate medical attention if a child or anyone is having difficulty breathing. Learn more at https://www.ruhealth.org/public-health/disease-control or call 951.358.5107.