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. If you are age 60 or older, a vaccine is available to protect you from severe RSV. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you. If you are pregnant, you can get an RSV vaccine between 32–36 weeks of pregnancy to protect your infant after birth, or a preventive antibody can be given to your baby after birth.

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.