RSV – Respiratory Syncytial Virus - Infographic

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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. 

Page last updated Wednesday, January 4, 2023