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Can babies come down with the RSV infection repeatedly?

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In brief: No

Rsv, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common winter virus, roughly from november through march.
Like many other viruses it is possible to become infected more than once. Keep in mind there are other viruses that may cause similar symptoms and may be diagnosed as "bronchiolitis" as well.

In brief: No

Rsv, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common winter virus, roughly from november through march.
Like many other viruses it is possible to become infected more than once. Keep in mind there are other viruses that may cause similar symptoms and may be diagnosed as "bronchiolitis" as well.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Babies born in the fall or winter can get very ill with an RSV virus infection the first cold weather season.
The next year, they will be about 15-18 months old and can get RSV bronchiolitis again. Since they are older and stronger, plus they have some antibodies from the previous infection, babies are usually not as sick the second year they catch rsv. Rsv causes cold symptoms in older kids.

In brief: Yes

Babies born in the fall or winter can get very ill with an RSV virus infection the first cold weather season.
The next year, they will be about 15-18 months old and can get RSV bronchiolitis again. Since they are older and stronger, plus they have some antibodies from the previous infection, babies are usually not as sick the second year they catch rsv. Rsv causes cold symptoms in older kids.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Immunity to RSV is not strong after natural infections, so repeated bouts are not uncommon, though usually they don't happen multiple times in the same season.

In brief: Yes

Immunity to RSV is not strong after natural infections, so repeated bouts are not uncommon, though usually they don't happen multiple times in the same season.
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