Call To Action: Protect Babies From RSV

black baby crying( — The National Medical Association (NMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American (AA) physicians and is issuing a “Call to Action” regarding Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV), an infection is a major cause of respiratory illness in infants and young children.

RSV causes an estimated 90,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths per year in children 5 years of age and younger.

In collaboration with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), the NMA is sounding the alarm about RSV infection rates, and the serious health risks they pose.

In August 2010, the NMA and the NBNA released a consensus report on RSV, a key recommendation of which was a nationwide campaign public awareness campaign.  The report was authored by twenty (20) renowned experts on RSV and minority health, convened by NMA and NBNA, and focused their attention on the effects of RSV on the African American community.

“RSV disproportionately impacts vulnerable African American premature and small for dates infants causing unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations,” said Dr. Winston Price, pediatrician and member of the Consensus Panel. “Assuring