How can I prevent my child from getting RSV?

RSV is most contagious during the first two to four days after your child begins to feel ill. It is spread by contact with infected secretions, such as saliva and mucus from sneezing. An older brother or sister in day care, nursery school, or elementary school can transfer RSV to infants and toddlers.

You can prevent RSV from spreading by:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly after caring for your child.
  • Keeping your children home from day care when they or other children become ill.
  • Washing toys between each use.
  • Covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Be sure to throw away any used tissues.

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