As respiratory illnesses in children increase, Riverside County health officials urge safety measures

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Valley News - Health
RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung urged parents to take precautions to protect their children as officials see an increase in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus or RSV in young children.“It’s that time of year and we are seeing children in Riverside County, some younger than 2 years old, who are sick with colds and coughs and some with RSV. While RSV is a common respiratory virus, it can make young children quite ill. So, we are asking that parents do what they can to prevent kids from getting sick,” Leung said.Leung noted the following recommendations will help prevent the spread of RSV and other diseases: wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes and keep children home when sick.Voluntary masking when indoors in
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