impaired immune system, which can involve various
health factors. For example, having a severe chronic illness, such as cancer,
can affect the immune system. And certain medicines, such as
chemotherapy or steroids, suppress the immune system.
If your young child has a health condition, your doctor may recommend medicine to help prevent problems from RSV.
Adults older than 65 have an increased risk for
complications following infection with
Pneumonia from an RSV infection is a particular risk
for people in this age group, especially if they have other diseases, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or
Other complications older adults may develop as a result of RSV
bronchiolitis and respiratory failure. Older adults
may also recover more slowly from RSV and
complications than people in other age groups do.
Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Modified recommendations for use of palivizumab for prevention of respiratory syncytial virus infections. Pediatrics, 124(6): 1694–1701.
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