RSV – Respiratory Syncytial Virus
RSV is a virus that can cause serious infections of the lungs and airways, such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis (inflammation of the airways).
In the winter months, bronchiolitis is responsible for around 1 in 6 of all UK hospital admissions of babies and children.
Worldwide, RSV is the second largest cause of death in children under one year of age – second only to malaria
30,000 babies and children under 5 years of age are estimated to be hospitalised every year in the UK because of RSV.