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RSV infection causes typically mild cold-like symptoms in adults, but some may develop a lung infection or pneumonia.
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CDC Recommends RSV Vaccine for Older Adults

RSV vaccination may prevent severe respiratory illnesses and hospitalization in seniors at risk

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Published:Jun 30, 2023
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The CDC director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) recommendations for the use of new respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines from GSK and Pfizer for people ages 60 years and older, using shared clinical decision-making. This means these individuals may receive a single dose of the vaccine based on discussions with their healthcare provider about whether RSV vaccination is right for them.

Adults at the highest risk for severe RSV illness include older adults, adults with chronic heart or lung disease, adults with weakened immune systems, and adults living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. The CDC estimates that RSV causes approximately 60,000–160,000 hospitalizations and 6,000–10,000 deaths among older adults every year.

These new vaccines—the first ones licensed in the US to protect against RSV—are expected to be available this fall. These vaccines provide an opportunity to help protect older adults against severe RSV illness at a time when multiple respiratory infections are likely to circulate. 

Healthcare providers should also talk to their adult patients about what other vaccines they will need this fall to help prevent respiratory infections.

- This press release was originally published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website