Common infectious illnesses

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All adults, children and babies experience illnesses. We become protected from infections by either catching them or through vaccination.

Babies and young children get more colds than adults as their resistance to infections builds up over time. For babies born premature or sick, the risk of complications can be higher.

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Common infectious illnesses

Download our information to help your premature or sick baby avoid cold, flu and tummy bugs

Work in neonatal care?

Order our posters and flyers on common infectious illnesses, designed especially for neonatal units.

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