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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RSV

RSV is the #1 reason babies are hospitalized within their first year of life. Yet most parents don’t know it exists.

Like the flu, RSV is a seasonal virus (talk to your healthcare provider about timing in your area)
RSV can cause severe breathing problems that may lead to hospitalization
RSV is 2 times more likely to cause hospitalization in premature babies
The RSV virus is easily spread and lives on surfaces for hours
Serious RSV infections have been associated with asthma and wheezing later in life

HOW YOU CAN HELP PROTECT YOUR BABY

Everyone is excited to cuddle with your newborn baby, but that can spread germs. So take these extra steps around family and friends to help protect little lungs from RSV:

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Wash your hands before touching your baby and ask others to do the same

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Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby

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Wash your baby’s toys, clothes, and bedding often

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Keep your baby away from: —Crowds and young children —People with colds

PROTECT LITTLE LUNGS SOCIAL COMMUNITY

Join thousands of people helping to spread awareness of RSV.

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PARTNERS IN RSV AWARENESS

The community of people working together to raise awareness of RSV extends beyond Protect Little Lungs. Visit our advocacy partners for additional resources to help protect vulnerable babies from this serious threat.

Click the arrow below each partner to learn more about them.

Knit Big for Little Lungs Logo

Since 2016, people from all across the country have participated in the Knit Big for Little Lungs campaign during RSV Awareness Month (October). Many people with a passion for knitting or crocheting have donated their time to create blankets, hats, booties, and more for babies in NICUs at hospitals countrywide.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

WANT TO PARTICIPATE?

The “Knit Kit” includes everything you need to get started, including how-to instructions and suggested knitting patterns

Share these badges on social media to raise awareness and show your support.

MEASURING OUR IMPACT

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COMPLETED ITEMS

1064

HOURS OF WORK (ESTIMATED)

12

STATES

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NICUs WHO RECEIVED ITEMS

See what we've accomplished so far!

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