Risk of complications from RSV infection in children

Babies younger than 1 year of age and other young children who become infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have a high risk of developing complications, such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia.

Babies who have a high risk of developing complications from RSV include those who:

  • Are less than 6 months old.
  • Were born early (premature).
  • Have existing heart or lung disease.

Babies or children who have certain conditions are at a higher risk of developing complications from RSV. These conditions include:

Last Updated: July 16, 2008

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