Immunizations and RSV Vaccine



Between November and April of each year, a virus is busy causing coughs and infections of the breathing passages. Known as the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), this virus can infect people of all ages, but is particularly dangerous for preterm babies or babies with health issues, in whom it may cause bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is a lung infection that may be life-threatening to some babies.

A vaccine has been developed against RSV. Check with your doctor to see whether your baby qualifies. Criteria are the following:

  • Babies born at less than 33 weeks
  • High-risk babies born between 33 and 37 weeks, such as
    • Low birth weight for age
    • Birth date in November, December, or January
    • Exposure to people who smoke
    • Attendance at daycare
    • Brothers or sisters in daycare
    • Family history of eczema
    • Boys
  • Babies with chronic lung disease
  • Babies with a severe heart defect at birth

For more information on the more common vaccines and immunization schedules, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

You can check individual vaccination schedules for all diseases for your area and for your baby’s date of birth.

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