Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “CHILL BABY“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Respiratory Syncytial Virus
C – Crowded Environments: RSV is more likely to spread in crowded places, like daycare centers and hospitals.
H – Heart Disease: Infants with congenital heart disease are at a higher risk for severe RSV infections.
I – Immunodeficiency: People with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to RSV.
L – Lung Conditions: Chronic lung conditions, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), increase the risk of severe RSV infection.
L – Low Humidity: Dry indoor air can make it easier for RSV to survive and spread.
B – Babies under 6 months: Young infants are at a higher risk for severe RSV infections.
A – Age (Premature Birth): Premature babies are more vulnerable to RSV due to underdeveloped immune systems.
B – Brothers and Sisters: Siblings can transmit RSV to infants, so be cautious if older siblings are sick.
Y – Yearly Season: RSV outbreaks often occur in the fall and winter months.