Are preemies more susceptible to RSV, or the respiratory syncytial virus?
ByDr. Jennifer Gunter
Updated Mar 2017
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.