Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection (cont.)
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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is easy to catch (highly contagious). It is common for children to develop viral infections such as RSV if they are often exposed to infected people and have not built up immunity. There is no sure way to prevent respiratory illnesses in babies and children.
Sometimes medicines are used to help prevent RSV infection in babies and children who are at risk for complications from RSV. Even if RSV infection develops, use of these medicines may result in a less severe infection.
The following may help reduce your child's risk of respiratory problems:
Outbreaks of RSV often occur between late fall and early spring. To keep from catching the virus during this time, limit your exposure to RSV. This is most critical for babies and children who are at risk for serious RSV infections. Try to avoid:
If your child is otherwise healthy, home treatment to prevent RSV infection from becoming severe, such as ensuring your child gets plenty of rest, is usually all that is needed.
Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine to prevent infection with RSV. Currently, no vaccine is available.
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