If you know the parent of a preemie, it won't be long before you hear them talk about RSV. Here are just a few quick facts you should know about RSV:
- RSV stands for respiratory syncytial viral disease and it is very common. Most adults and young children have contracted it and its symptoms present like those of the common cold.
- Babies who are at highest risk of complications from RSV (like preemies, especially those that have been intubated in the past) are sometimes given a monthly shot of a medication called Synagis to try to diminish the chances of contracting RSV.
- "RSV season" varies from year to year, but most often runs from late September through April.