Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

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Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. Vaccines are available to protect older adults from severe RSV. Preventive options are available to protect infants and young children from severe RSV.

Symptoms & Care
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Know the symptoms to look for and how to care for people with RSV.

Preventing RSV
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Preventive options help protect certain groups at high risk of severe RSV.

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Help protect yourself and your loved ones from RSV infection.