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RSV Awareness & World Prematurity Day – Are you aware? – #MC #Sponsored #RSVAwareness

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
RSV - Isaiah

It’s cold and flu season which means it’s time to keep an eye on our children and help them practice healthy habits so we don’t spread germs. World Prematurity Day is on November 17th and RSV is a huge concern with babies, especially babies that are born prematurely. RSV is a common seasonal virus that almost all babies will have contracted by the age of 2. While it’s so common, it produces mild to moderate cold like symptoms in healthy full term babies, but in premature babies they are at increased risk of developing severe RSV disease and are twice as likely to be hospitalized.

I’ve actually had several friends very close to me who have had premature babies and have had their babies develop RSV and become hospitalized. My close friend Airen, her son Isaiah was born 6 weeks premature. He developed RSV as well as pneumonia in both lungs while in the hospital and had a 6 week long stay. I remember how difficult this was for my friend Airen. Leaving her baby every night to be cared for while she went home empty handed was the hardest thing for her. RSV is serious and there is no treatment for RSV. Prevention is absolutely critical, so please educate yourself and others whenever you have the opportunity.

RSV usually occurs November through March, so we are just now entering the beginning of when RSV usually occurs. If you have children, make sure to ensure healthy habits into their daily routine. Make sure they continuously wash their hands and keep out of the faces of other children and babies. If your children are sick or recently have been sick, please keep them at home as much as possible.

What is the difference between a cold and RSV?

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
  • Rapid, difficult, or gasping breaths
  • Fever

How to protect your baby:

  • Never let anyone smoke around your baby.
  • Always wash your hands often, and ask anyone holding your baby to do the same.
  • Keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean.
  • Limit the time around other children during RSV season.
  • Stay away from people who are sick or who have recently been sick.

 

You can learn more about RSV at http://www.RSVProtection.com
You can also check out the infographic below for more information as well.

RSV

To get more information, stories, statistics and geographical information check out RSVProtection.com

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KATHARINE COOKMAN

Monday 24th of November 2014

I GOT LUCKY & HAD 3 HEALTHY BABIES BUT I VACCINATED MY SON ONE WEEK AFTER HE TURNED ONE AND HE HAD AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE MMR SHOT & ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL THE DID A SPINAL TAP AND EVERY TEST THEY COULD & THEN THEY TOLD ME THAT IT WAS PROBABLE CAUSE THAT IT WAS THE MMR THAT MADE HIM HAVE 2 SEIZURES SO I NEVER GAVE HIM THE 2ND SHOT NOE EVERY YEAR OF HIS SCHOOL YEARS I HAVE TO SIGN A FORM THAT SAYS THAT IT WAS A RELIGIOUS THING NOT TO VACCINATE HIM FOR THE 2ND SHOT ONLY BECAUSE I REFUSE TO KILL MY KID THANKFULLY I HE ONLY HAS ONE YEAR LEFT OF SCHOOL NEXT YEAR HE WILL BE A SENIOR.

lisa

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Wow. I had no knowledge about this. Luckily, my pregnancies were full term with no complications.One of my children got very ill and actually died briefly from something at the time was unknown. They now have a vaccine for it.

micheleash1961

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

WOW! What a Terrific Review and Informational as well! I, myself, have never heard of the RSV until now. A friend of ours down the street had twins and they were born premature. They are both walking and getting around now, but they both had problems in the very beginning. I always get upset when I know someone who had a premature baby. I saw what our friend went through and that's terrible! I did not know that RSV could cause so much damage to a premature baby. I also didn't know that the 17th of November was RSV awareness day either! Thanks so much for the terrific review and all the information that you provided us! I truly do appreciate it! I know that my kids seem to, at least one time through the school year, get something or other from the kids in their classes. When they bring it home, everyone gets it. I still have to get my flu shot yet! Once again I want to thank you so very much for this important information! Thanks again, Michele :)