Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common, and very contagious, virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday.
For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold. But for a small percentage, infection with RSV can lead to serious problems such as bronchiolitis, which is inflammation of the small airways of the lungs, or pneumonia, which can become life-threatening.
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Limit the time high-risk babies and young children stay in day care, particularly from late fall to early spring when RSV is most common.
If possible, keep your baby away from anyone, including older brothers or sisters, who has cold symptoms.
There is no vaccine for RSV. But a medication called palivizumab may prevent RSV infections and protect high-risk babies from serious complications of RSV infection. If your doctor says your baby is at high risk, she may recommend a monthly shot of this medication during peak RSV season.