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RSV Prevention Tips

Most babies will catch RSV by the age of 2, but you can help keep the bug and other viral illnesses at bay by taking the following precautions.

• Try to keep your baby away from anyone who's sick.

• To prevent the spread of germs, caregivers and siblings should wash their hands often.

• Avoid sharing cups and utensils.

• Steer clear of anyone who's smoking; smoke ups the risk of (and complications from) viral infections.

• If your baby was premature or has a chronic lung or heart condition, ask your doctor about a preventive shot called Synagis that reduces RSV severity.

• Caregivers, family members, and babies who are 6 months or older should get a flu shot.

• If you're breastfeeding, continue to nurse  -- it can help boost your baby's immunity.