Q&A: Are Preemies More Susceptible to RSV?

Are preemies more susceptible to RSV, or the respiratory syncytial virus?
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ByDr. Jennifer Gunter
OB-GYN
Updated
Mar 2017
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No. RSV (or respiratory syncytial virus) is a common virus that infects the lungs and air passages, causing cold-like symptoms. Preemies aren’t any more likely to catch RSV than full-term babies, but it is important to note that they are more likely to have a serious illness if infected.

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