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RSV illnesses

WHO CAN GET RSV?

RSV can infect people of all ages, adults and children, however, it may cause more severe illness in infants under 12 months old.4

RSV AND INFANTS

All infants are susceptible to getting an RSV infection, by the age of two years old ~90% of young children have been infected with RSV.5

Most RSV infections in babies are mild and will typically clear up within a few weeks on their own. However, some cases can be more serious and hospital care may be needed.4

SEVERE RSV

Premature babies, or those with certain medical conditions, may be at greater risk of more severe illness.

However, the majority of babies needing hospital care for RSV are healthy and born at term, so, it can be difficult to predict whether your baby will experience mild or more severe symptoms of RSV infection.6

WHEN IS RSV SEASON?

RSV is a seasonal virus, spread by coughs and sneezes or close physical contact. RSV occurs mainly during the cold and flu season (October to March).7

TREATMENT

Viruses like RSV, that cause respiratory infections, do not respond to treatment with antibiotics.8

Currently there is no specific treatment suitable for general use, and treatment is therefore aimed at supporting the patient and relieving symptoms.9

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?

There are precautions you can take to protect your baby from RSV. These include:10

  • Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds
  • Keeping your hands away from your face
  • Disinfecting surfaces and toys
  • Avoiding close contact with others who may be showing symptoms of carrying the virus
WHO CAN GET RSV?

RSV can infect people of all ages, adults and children, however, it may cause more severe illness in infants under 12 months old.4

RSV AND INFANTS
SEVERE RSV
WHEN IS RSV SEASON?
TREATMENT
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE?

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