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RSV in Infants

Risk Factors

The following risk factors increase the chance of an infant developing RSV:
  • Premature birth (35 weeks or earlier)
  • Low birth weight
  • Attending childcare or daycare
  • Household crowding (four or more children in the home)
  • History of asthma
  • Certain lung diseases, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Drugs or conditions that suppress the immune system
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke.

Preventing RSV in Infants

At this point, there is no vaccine available to prevent RSV; however, there are two ways to prevent RSV: good infection control practices and Synagis®.
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