Respiratory Syncytial Virus (image) NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Share Print E-Mail Caption The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is responsible for a common childhood illness. There is no vaccine available to prevent RSV infection. Credit NIAID Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.