RSV in HIGH-RISK INFANTS

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Pediatrician, Neonatologist ; McMaster’s Children’s Hospital

IT CAN BE MORE THAN A COLD…RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infects approximately two thirds of all infants in the first year of life and by age two almost 100 percent of children have had an RSV infection. RSV is a virus that produces common cold symptoms such as coughing and nasal congestion but can lead to serious respiratory tract infections requiring hospitalization, especially in high-risk newborns and infants. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent the infection in high-risk babies.

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