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Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV)

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2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73908

Fax: 905-521-5068

Find Us:

2G Clinic,  McMaster Children's Hospital

2nd Floor,  beside the information desk on the main floor of the hospital

Hospital Map:

What Happens When We Arrive?

Underground parking is available.  There is an hourly rate (with a daily maximum) for this.  Remember to keep your parking ticket with you.  You need to pay when you exit the elevators on the parking level.  If you visit often, you can get a half-month or month pass from  the Parking Office. The Parking Office is open 24 hours a day and is located in the underground parking garage, near the main street entrance/exit. 

Getting to McMaster Children’s Hospital:

The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.


From Toronto

-          QEW to Highway 403 West (to Hamilton)

-          Exit 403 at Main Street West

-          Turn left onto Main Street West

-          Continue along Main Street West

-          Turn right into the hospital's driveway and follow signs to parking facilities


From Brantford

-          Highway 403 East (to Hamilton)

-          Exit 403 at Aberdeen Avenue

-          Turn left at the lights at Longwood Avenue

-          Turn left onto Main Street West

-          Continue along Main Street West

-          Turn right into the hospital's driveway and follow signs to parking facilities

Parking Information:

Please allow yourself a minimum of 15- 30 minutes to park prior to your visit to the clinic to ensure you are on time for your appointment.

*Peak hours for parking are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:00am – 11:00 am*

 Parking Rates: (please note that method of pay at the pay stations include Mastercard, VISA, or Cash)


Underground Garage:

1/ 2 hour or less


Daily Maximum



Short-Term Emergency Lot:

½ Hour or less


Daily Maximum


When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Staff will do their best to make sure you are seen at your appointment time.  If you feel you have been waiting a long time please speak with a business clerk at the reception desk. 

Clinic Hours:

The clinic days are Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment.


If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you come to the hospital.

Referral Process:

All referrals should be faxed to the clinic as noted on the referral form.

What Should You Bring to the Clinic?

  • Health card for your child- the ministry of health requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit

  • Immunization card

  • Any notes or questions that you may have

Conditions We Treat:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus. In most people RSV causes a mild illness such as a cold. However, RSV can make some newborns and young children very sick.

RSV spreads easily from person to person, by contact or when someone coughs and sneezes. The virus can live on hands and objects for up to 6 hours.

Health teaching is a key component in  the RSV clinic setting to promote the prevention and spreading of the Respiratory virus.

The first signs of RSV are runny nose, fever, and sneezing. The more serious signs are a bad cough, trouble breathing, and fast breathing.

Services We Provide:

The pediatric outpatient clinic for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) porphylaxis immunization currently has clinics to service the approved pediatric patients in the 2G clinic. Ontario’s Respiratory Syncytial (RSV) Prophylaxis for infants program is a Ministry-managed program under the Ontario Public Drug Programs (OPDP) Division of the Ministry of health and Long-term Care.

Interdisciplinary Team:

Medical Director:

Responsible for working with the RSV team to set the clinic days during the RSV season, as well as to determine when the end of season for the region will occur. The medical director is also available to address any clinical concerns that arise during clinic, as well as to work with the RSV consultant to determine patient eligibility. The medical director works with the team to ensure all children who qualify for immunization with Palivizumab receive their immunization as close to home as possible.

RSV Consultant:

Works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health advisor, and Ontario Provincial adjudicator

Nurse Co-ordinator:

Responsible for the establishment and management of RSV immuno-prophylaxis program. This involves:

  • The identification of RSV as per the Ontario Ministry of Health criteria guidelines

  • Appropriate referrals

  • Ministry of health enrollment

  • The tracking process

  • RSV immune-prophylaxis clinic management

  • Palivizumab and intervention management

  • Education for families and health care providers

Caress Registry Registered Nurse:

Collects information on the use of Palivizumab by the babies in the RSV Clinic who are at high risk of RSV infection, and to collect data on patient outcomes

Our Philosophy:

Our philosophy is family centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):


Information for parents about RSV:


Protect children at greatest risk for RSV with Palivizumab:





Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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