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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Program

The RSV Program at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre is part of a provincial program designed to help reduce the risk of serious Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) disease by educating families about the illness and providing prevention strategies to reduce the risk of infection.
RSV is a very common virus in infancy and childhood. It is highly contagious during the fall and winter months and causes symptoms of cough, nasal congestion and wheezing in some patients.
Regular hand washing and avoiding crowded public places are simple, yet important tips for the prevention of RSV disease.
Babies and children at much higher risk of developing serious complications from RSV disease include the following:
  • Premature babies less than 32 weeks gestation.
  • Children less than two years old with chronic lung disease.
  • Children less than two years old with congenital heart disease.
  • Babies living in isolated or remote northern communities.
Patients at high risk may qualify for RSV Prophylaxis with Palivizumab during the RSV season. Palivizumab is an antibody that protects higher risk patients from RSV disease.
Our multidisciplinary team works together to identify patients who would qualify for RSV Prophylaxis.
Team members include: 
  • pediatrician;
  • cardiologist;
  • NICU patient care coordinators;
  • pharmacists; and
  • provincial nurse coordinator.
Within the Eastern Health region, patients who qualify for RSV Prophylaxis will receive monthly Palivizumab injections during the RSV season, provided through the Janeway Medical Day Care.
Qualifying patients living outside the Eastern Health Region can receive Palivizumab through their family doctor or pediatrician.
Contact Us
RSV Program nurse coordinator 
Telephone: (709) 777-4403


Updated Apr 8, 2015