Posted: Mar 1, 2013 8:20 AM by Marissa Torres
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 8:23 AM
We're nearing the end of flu season- but there's another virus circulating the state that parents need to be aware of.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a virus called Respiratory Syncytial virus, or RSV, is at epidemic levels right now in Colorado and across the country.
In our state alone, nearly half of children tested for the virus are showing positive results. RSV is very common and highly contagious with symptoms similar to the common cold. It also affects the lower respiratory system, making it difficult to breathe.
Rhonda Goodwin, RN, with Frontier Hospice and Home Health in Pueblo says the best protection is getting your kids vaccinated.
"We have all these bugs going around right now, everybody is battling some kind of respiratory... so especially if you have an infant at home and you have other children, you're going to be very concerned."
The vaccine is given every 30 days during a typical flu season. Babies fighting RSV generally need to be hospitalized since going without treatment can be deadly.
Adults can also catch RSV, but the symptoms are much less severe and more like a persistent cold or sinus infection.