Common infectious illnesses

Illustration of a baby with a tissue being held up to their nose.

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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The information in this section is due for review in February 2026.