How do I help prevent RSV disease?

RSV disease is spread just as easily as the flu. Sneezing, coughing, and touching are all examples of ways RSV can put your infant at risk. A few extra precautions taken by you and your family and friends can help protect your baby.

Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same

Wash your baby’s toys, clothes and bedding often

Keep your baby away from crowds and young children, as well as people with colds

Don’t let anyone smoke in your home or near your baby

Tobacco smoke irritates babies’ airways. It affects the growth of their lungs. While all babies can be harmed by tobacco smoke, premature babies are especially prone to lung problems when they leave the nursery

Remember, although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help prevent it.

Talk to your baby's healthcare provider to learn more about how you may be able to help prevent RSV in your high-risk infant.