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Respiratory Illness Prevention Information

A message from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)

You may be aware that Maryland has seen an early surge of severe respiratory illness, especially in very young and school-age children.

Many children with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) or other respiratory viruses, including influenza (flu) and COVID-19, will experience cold-like symptoms, such as runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever, and a decrease in appetite. However, infants, people who are immunocompromised, and people living with certain chronic medical conditions may experience a severe illness that can cause difficulty breathing and hospitalization.

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has launched an RSV information webpage information and resources to support awareness of respiratory virus infections and prevention steps. Additional resources related to respiratory illnesses, including RSV, flu, and COVID-19, can be found on this webpage.

We encourage all families to read these materials to prepare for the rise in cases this winter.