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What children are most at risk for severe infection from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

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The chance of severe infection from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is greatest for:

  • Babies born prematurely
  • Children younger than 2 who were born with heart or lung disease
  • Infants and young children whose immune systems are weakened due to illness or medical treatment
  • Children under 8 to 10 weeks old

From: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)."

CDC: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)."

KidsHealth: "About RSV."

March of Dimes: "RSV."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)."

CDC: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)."

KidsHealth: "About RSV."

March of Dimes: "RSV."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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