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You can’t see RSV.

 

But you can help reduce your baby’s risk.

 

Many families are touched by RSV.

 

Find out what it is, and how to help reduce your baby’s risk.

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, and it affects almost all babies by the time they’re 2 years old

 

While RSV infections usually clear up on their own, some children are at risk for more severe infections

 

While there is no cure for RSV, there are many ways you can help protect your baby from infection

 

 

Quick facts about RSV

Symptoms of RSV infection may resemble those of a common cold in its initial stages.

 

 

RSV infections tend to happen from fall to spring in temperate climates such as Canada, but RSV season may vary by region. Ask your doctor.

 

 

The antibodies that help protect your baby from RSV infection are usually passed on late in pregnancy, so premature babies are more vulnerable to RSV infection.

 

 

Basic techniques like hand washing have been shown to help reduce the transmission of all kinds of infections, including RSV.

 

 

 

Help reduce the risk of RSV infection

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid taking your baby to crowded environments
  • Keep surfaces in your home clean
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke

 

 

If your baby is considered to be at high risk for serious complications from an RSV infection, talk to your doctor.

 

Ask what you can do to help protect your baby, and what steps you should take if he/she develops any symptoms.

 

 

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