Adults older than 65 have an increased risk of developing complications following infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Pneumonia from an RSV infection is a particular risk for people in this age group, especially if they have other diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or heart failure.
Other complications older adults may develop as a result of RSV infection include bronchiolitis and respiratory failure. Older adults may also recover more slowly than other age groups from RSV and complications.
Last Revised: August 25, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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