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What do you know about RSV?

What do you know about RSV?

RSV is one of the most common viruses and affects approximately 64 million people worldwide. Even though it is one of the most common causes of respiratory infections, this virus is still relatively unknown to both the general public and doctors. During RSV Awareness Month we will therefore pay extra attention to this virus and test your knowledge!

RSV is very common

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious virus that causes infections of the airways. It is a very common virus, affecting approximately 7.000 people in Belgium and 64 million people worldwide each year, making it one of the most common causes of respiratory infections 1. The symptoms caused by RSV are in the first phase like the symptoms of a common cold such as a runny nose or sneezing.

What do you know about RSV?

Despite the ignorance of this virus, there are some things you should know. For example, did you know that RSV not only affects almost all young children2, but is common in the elderly and adults who are more likely to develop respiratory tract infections? In the elderly, it is even one of the main causes of respiratory diseases3], in their case the symptoms turn more quickly into bronchitis, bronchiolitis or pneumonia. Those with lowered resistance, lung disease or cardiovascular disease are even at greater risk3.

Learn more about RSV and test your knowledge

What do you know about RSV? Test your knowledge on our social media channels Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or boost your knowledge directly with our colleagues Leen and Esther.



Janssen is working on a vaccine and drugs against RSV

At this moment, there are no vaccines or medicines against RSV. At Janssen, we are working hard to change this. For example, on our site in Beerse we are developing medicines in order to stop the disease from spreading. And our staff in Leiden is working hard on a vaccine. In this way we hope to be able to contribute to reducing the problem that RSV causes all over the world. Will you help to increase awareness around RSV? Then share our videos on your own social media channels!


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