RSV vaccines--necessary?

Nurses General Nursing


Specializes in nursing ethics.

Is the RSV vaccine recommended for elderly patients? Or only those with asthma or COPD? What about patients who get 1-2 colds a year, never the flu?  Is this necessary or strongly recommended currently by doctors or nurses? The drug is Arexvy.


Adults => 60 years and infants and young children <= 19 months may receive a single dose of RSV vaccine using shared clinical decision-making with their healthcare provider.

Use of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines in Older Adults

Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: SV


Specializes in Emergency Department.

Since all vaccines have their risks and benefits, this is a question that patients should discuss with their primary care provider. As of the time I write this, I'm not >60 years nor am I < 19 months... but even so, my risk for developing problems related to RSV infection will be different than yours by virtue of the fact that I'm not you. Thus, what's good for me may not be good for you - and vice versa. So, a discussion with your PCP will be needed to assess whether getting any vaccine is a good idea.

Specializes in orthopedic/trauma, Informatics, diabetes.

we have been seeing more and more older folks with RSV. I would get the vax; recommend my parents (if they were alive) get it and I will get it when it is time. I am a huge believer of vaccines. I have had all rec Covid vax, pneumonia, shingles, etc (I am over 50). 

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