RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Information

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common virus affecting the airway and lungs that we see in high volumes most winters.

The virus causes mild illness in most children and adults, causing cold-like symptoms and possibly some wheezing and coughing.

Learn all about RSV in the videos below.

RSV vaccine update

Dartmouth Health locations is offering RSV vaccines to some infants. This includes:

  • Pregnant women (32-36 weeks gestational age)
  • Neonates and infants born during or entering their first RSV season
  • Children up to 24 months of age who remain vulnerable to severe RSV disease through their second RSV season

Please talk with your child's pediatrician to determine if getting the RSV vaccine is right for them.

Please note: We are expecting national shortages of the Nirsevimab immunoglobulin for infants under 8 months. We are working across the system to maximize our supply and will prioritize our youngest infants and infants at the highest risk. There is no shortage of the adult RSV vaccine, so we encourage pregnant parents to discuss the vaccine with their OB provider. Getting the vaccine while pregnant is a great way to protect yourself and your baby.

Find information on RSV vaccination for infants, pregnant women and adults over 60 years of age on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Watch the October 3, 2023: RSV video update provided by our General Pediatrics Section Chief, Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH.

Learn all you need to know about RSV from Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, below.

What is RSV?

Curious what RSV is exactly? Check out this video to learn the basics of this seasonal infection.

Severe RSV risk

Learn who is most at risk for severe RSV and why.

Common symptoms of RSV

What are the symptoms of RSV, and why can they be more dangerous in small babies?

How does RSV spread?

RSV is very contagious. Find out how this respiratory virus is transmitted.

Preventing RSV infection

There are lots of ways we can keep ourselves and our communities healthy. Find out how best to avoid RSV and other respiratory illnesses.

Treating RSV at home

Tips from Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH on how best to care for your child at home if they are sick with RSV.

When to call the doctor?

Learn the signs and symptoms that indicate it's time to see a doctor.