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Protect Little Lungs is about raising awareness of RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, particularly among expecting parents, new parents, and caregivers. Join the community of people helping to protect babies from this serious virus.

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

This 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.

Knit Big for Little Lungs Logo

In October 2016, people from across the country participated in a Knit Big for Little Lungs campaign to support RSV Awareness Month. Many people with a passion for knitting or crocheting donated their time and materials to knit/crochet blankets and hats that were then delivered to NICUs at selected hospitals around the country.

2016 KNIT BIG FOR LITTLE LUNGS

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COMPLETED ITEMS

1064

HOURS OF WORK (ESTIMATED)

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STATES

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NICUs WHO RECEIVED ITEMS

See what we accomplished in 2016!

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