A recent report shows that researchers need to put more emphasis on a vaccine for the respiratory sunctial virus ( RSV). RSV is a virus they predicted would affect 2.1 million children under the age of 5.
Over a four year period the virus was responsible ( in 3 US counties ) for:
- 18 % of emergency room visits
- 20% of hospitalizations
- 15 % of office visits for respiratory illnesses in children under 5
The hospitalization rate was actually 3 times as often as influenza.