Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common, but serious virus that often causes colds. It can be severe for infants and older adults. People with RSV infection often have fever, cough, runny nose, wheezing-and in very young infants-increased irritability and difficulty breathing.
RSV is spread through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of infected people when they cough or sneeze-just like COVID-19 and influenza (flu). Since RSV can spread at the same time as COVID-19 and influenza (flu), it's important to protect yourself and others with immunizations from all three viruses.
The RSV vaccine (shot) is recommended for:
- All infants under 8 months of age.
- Infants and toddlers 8 through 19 months of age at high risk for severe RSV.
- Adults 60 years of age or older.
You can get your RSV vaccine (shot) at the same visit as your flu and COVID-19 vaccines.
For more information about the RSV vaccine (shot), call GCHP's Health Education Department at 1.805.437.5718, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except holidays). Si usa TTY, llame al 711.
Reach out to your doctor, clinic, or pharmacy to ask if RSV vaccine (shot) is right for you and about availability.