Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common, contagious seasonal pathogen that will infect nearly all babies by their second birthday. 1-3
RSV is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia, in infants and young children.
RSV is also a leading cause of hospitalizations in infants. 4-7








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  8. Arriola CS, Kim L, Langley G, Anderson EJ, Openo K, Martin AM, et al. Estimated Burden of Community-Onset Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Hospitalizations Among Children Aged <2 Years in the United States, 2014-15. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 2020;9(5):587-95.
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