Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention
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How to Prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Step to prevent RSV include:
- Practice healthy habits. These include:
- Wash your hands often, especially after touching someone who may have a cold or other RSV infection.
- Avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes.
- Do not share items such as cups, glasses, silverware, or towels with people who may have a cold or other RSV infection.
- Avoid smoke exposure.
- If your baby has a high-risk of serious illness from RSV (eg, the baby is premature or has severe lung or heart problems), the doctor may recommend a medicine to help prevent infection. The medicine is given by injection monthly through the fall and winter in children under two years old. Talk with your child's doctor to see if this medicine would benefit your baby.
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