Proper hand washing is important to prevent the spread of RSV to other infants, children and adults. If your child is in the hospital, healthcare workers will wear special isolation apparel such as masks, gowns and gloves when they enter your child's room.
Palivizumab (Synagis), an antibody against RSV, provides passive protection against the virus. Palivizumab is recommended for babies and children at high risk for RSV, including children with a history of prematurity and congenital heart disease to reduce the rate of hospital admissions. Palivizumab is usually given monthly during the RSV season, from late fall through spring. If you have questions about Palivizumab, talk to your child's doctor.