Get the Basics: RSV Vaccines for Older Adults (60+)

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a virus that causes infections of the lungs and breathing passages. It is highly contagious (easy to get from other people). In older adults, RSV is a common cause of a lung disease which can cause life-threatening pneumonia. The RSV vaccine can help older adults at risk of RSV.

Getting an RSV vaccine provides protection. If you receive the vaccine, you are less likely to get RSV. If you do get RSV, you are less likely to get seriously sick if you have received the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Adults 75 years and older should receive the RSV vaccine.
  • Adults 60-74 years old who are increased risk for severe RSV should also receive the vaccine. Your healthcare professional will consider your risk factors for getting seriously sick from RSV when helping you decide whether to get the vaccine.

It is best to get your shot in the fall. If you did not get vaccinated in the fall, you canand should—get the RSV shot at any time of the year.

Coverage for an RSV vaccine varies:

  • RSV vaccines are covered by Medicare Part D
  • RSV vaccines may not be currently covered by Medicare Part B
  • Private insurers can individually decide whether to cover the RSV vaccine

Vaccines are available at many locations:

  • Most drug stores
  • Community health centers
  • State or local health departments
  • Ask your doctor or healthcare professional


Last updated July 2024

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