RSV: perspectives to strengthen the need for protection in all infants

Jose Antonio Navarro Alonso, Louis J. Bont, Elena Bozzola, Egbert Herting, Federico Lega, Silke Mader, Marta C. Nunes, Octavio Ramilo, George Valiotis, Catherine Weil Olivier, Ann Yates, Saul N. Faust*

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—the most common viral cause of bronchiolitis—is a significant cause of serious illness among young children between the ages of 0–5 years and is especially concerning in the first year of life. Globally, RSV is a common cause of childhood acute lower respiratory illness (ALRI) and a major cause of hospital admissions in young children and infants and represents a substantial burden for health-care systems. This burden is strongly felt as there are currently no effective preventative options that are available for all infants. However, a renaissance in RSV prevention strategies is unfolding, with several new prophylactic options such as monoclonal antibodies and maternal vaccinations that are soon to be available. A key concern is that health decision makers and systems may not be ready to take full advantage of forthcoming technological innovations. A multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to bridge data gaps to fully utilise upcoming options. Knowledge must be made available at multiple levels to ensure that parents and doctors are aware of preventative options, but also to ensure that stakeholders and policymakers are given the necessary information to best advise implementation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15
JournalEmerging Themes in Epidemiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2021


  • Global childhood disease burden
  • Infant and child health
  • Infant mortality
  • RSV, Respiratory syncytial virus
  • RSV-ALRI, RSV-associated acute lower respiratory illness
  • Vaccine


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