Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) commonly cause respiratory illnesses in infants and young children. But, anyone can get HPIV illness. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, and cough. Patients usually recover on their own. However, HPIVs can also cause more severe illness, such as croup or pneumonia...
HPIVs Are Not the Same as Influenza (Flu) Viruses
- People usually get HPIV infections in the spring, summer, and fall. Flu is more common in the winter.
- Flu vaccine will not protect you against HPIV illness.
- Page last reviewed: November 5, 2012
- Page last updated: November 5, 2012
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