Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2012-04-10

Q.

Recurring lung infections after RSV

Dear Prof

My 3yo son had RSV pneumonia last year, which lead to another bout of pneumonia 4 months later. He now had another lung infection, thus 3 lung infections in 10 months time. Is there anything I can give him to try and prevent further infections? he had his Prevenar. Would the flu jab be of any help.

Many thanks, Prof!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You are welcome. The problem is that a RSV virus infection does not result in children becoming immune to the virus as normally occurs with other viruses.So children can get three or four or even more RSV infections in the preschool years. There is no vaccine against RSV. Prevenar works against pneumococcal bacteria that can cause pneumonia.The flu jab may help a bit but really does not protect your son against RSV infection.It may help to try Scotts emulsion which has a high Vitamin A content and should help to protect against virus infections.

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Posted by: HMom | 2012-04-11

Racoon, hi i just wanted to share that my lg had RSV at 1.5 years and also had recurring infections after and last year we gave her the flu injection and it didnt of course protect her from getting sick/ all viruses but she was definitely better. We going to give it again this year.

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