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Peak Season for RSV

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Doctors say we are in the peak season for RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus.

The virus appears like a cold in adults. But it can cause serious problems in infants, like respiratory distress, that leads to hospitalization and specialized therapy. RSV season begins in January and can go until April. Dr. Richard Salerno says pay more attention to preemies for the signs of RSV.

"If your child is in the high risk category, that you can discuss with your doctor, to get immunized," said Dr. Salerno, St. Vincent Healthcare pediatrics director. "Second thing is good hand-washing, hygiene."

Dr. Salerno also says babies with siblings in daycare are at the highest risk, so keep infants away from children with colds.