Pediatricians call for more federal aid to fight RSV wave | app

WASHINGTON — After two winters spent masked and 6 feet away, pediatric respiratory viruses have returned with a vengeance, and pediatric hospitals, ER doctors and pediatricians are pressuring Congress and the Biden administration to provide more support .

Children’s hospitals deal with a wave of respiratory syncytial virus, also known as RSV, every year. But this year, the RSV wave is more like a tsunami, as COVID-19 mitigation measures have reduced many children’s immunity. For most children, RSV is mild and does not require hospitalization, but it can be serious, especially in infants and toddlers. There is no vaccine.

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