WHY WE RALLY
Meet the families who are raising their voice and sharing their stories to help Rally Against RSV and protect all babies.
JIMMIE ALLEN’S RSV STORY
Jimmie Allen is an award-winning American country music singer and songwriter.
In November 2021, Jimmie and his wife Alexis' 6-week-old daughter, Zara, was hospitalized with RSV. Since then, Jimmie has been using his voice and platform to raise awareness of RSV.
Hear his story firsthand.
Get inspired by the stories from other families who were impacted by RSV.
An unexpected scare prompted Dina to share her story in the hope of making others aware of the symptoms of RSV.
As a healthcare professional, Anna was thankful to be armed with information and support when RSV hit home.
After her son was hospitalized with RSV, Shanisty has made it her mission to raise awareness and promote advocacy among other families about RSV.
HEAR FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE JOINED THE #RALLYAGAINSTRSV
“I learned about RSV this summer when my son’s day care had a breakout. They had signs posted everywhere…Symptoms of RSV can include runny nose, coughing, fever,…”
“Imagine watching your 12-month-old trying to breathe, and all you hear is wheezing and gasping for air because of his labored breathing. So many of us have been in…”
“I still remember the first time Oaklee got sick and I felt like I had no idea what to do! Since then, I’ve worked hard to prepare myself ahead of time so I can face…”
“…Our youngest daughter, Isabella, contracted respiratory syncytial virus (#RSV) when she was three months old. We grew concerned after she had a high fever…”
HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE RALLY AGAINST RSV
Together, we can rally against RSV by raising awareness, highlighting the signs and symptoms, and empowering people to help protect all babies. Join the movement by speaking up.
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RSV FAST FACTS
RSV is a highly contagious virus that can lead to respiratory illness in babies, including lung infections such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia, according to guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The symptoms of RSV can include runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, decrease in appetite, and wheezing.
RSV is most common during the winter virus season (November – March) but can vary by local areas.
RSV spreads when droplets from a cough, sneeze, or infected surface get inside the eyes, nose, or mouth.
2 out of 3 babies will get RSV by age 1.
RSV can go from cold-like symptoms to hospitalization in less than a week.
Though hospitalization happens in only 1%-2% of RSV cases, it’s not predictable which baby will be hospitalized.
Babies are 16x more likely to be hospitalized with RSV than with the flu.
GET THE RSV FAST FACTS INFOGRAPHIC
Let’s rally against RSV by taking control and doing our part to help protect ALL babies by:
- Practicing frequent hand washing.
- Disinfecting toys and surfaces.
- Avoiding close contact with those who are ill.
- If you have cold-like symptoms, avoiding kissing and touching your baby with unwashed hands. And try not sharing utensils with your child.