Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection

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Respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV) is a common childhood infection that anyone can get. It can cause a runny nose, coughing, and wheezing. Most people get over RSV with home care.

There are medicines for babies and young children that can help prevent infection. And adults age 60 and over can get a vaccine to prevent infection. Getting an RSV vaccine during pregnancy can help prevent your infant from getting the infection.

In some people, especially young children, RSV may lead to pneumonia or another breathing problem called bronchiolitis. When this happens, oxygen and hospital care may be needed.

It may take older adults longer to recover from RSV and any problems caused by it than people in other age groups.

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