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How Is It Treated?

There is no treatment that will kill RSV; therefore, treatment goals focus on treating the symptoms as the body fights the virus.
(Click RSV Treatment for more information.)

Prognosis for RSV

During their first RSV infection, between 25 percent and 40 percent of infants and young children have signs or symptoms of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) or pneumonia, and 0.5 percent to 2 percent require hospitalization. The majority of children hospitalized for an RSV infection are under six months of age. Most children recover from RSV in 8 to 15 days.
In adults, the symptoms are usually less severe. RSV symptoms in adults closely resemble symptoms of the common cold.

Am I at Risk?

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


(Click RSV Risk Factors for more information.)


Can It Be Prevented?

At this point, there is no vaccine available to prevent the virus; however, there are two ways to prevent RSV: good infection control practices and Synagis®.
(Click RSV Prevention for more information.)
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