Clinical guidance

You’re due for an RSV vaccine

Published January 1, 2022

Why should I get the RSV vaccine?

Getting the RSV vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

Most people get mild, cold-like RSV symptoms but older adults (and infants) are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. Each year in the U.S., up to 160,000 older adults are hospitalized with RSV and up to 10,000 die from it.

What do I need to know about the RSV vaccine?

There are two types of RSV vaccines available for adults 60 and older. Both are considered safe and effective. The RSV vaccine is usually a single shot in the arm.

When should I get the RSV vaccine?

Get the RSV vaccine as soon as it’s available in your community before RSV cases start to rise, which is usually in the fall and winter.

Where can I get the RSV vaccine?

The RSV vaccine is widely available (you don’t even need a prescription or provider’s order). Your best bet is to get it at a pharmacy near you.

Are there any side effects to getting the RSV vaccine?

Some people experience side effects, like a sore arm where the shot was given, feeling tired, feeling achy, and a headache. Any side effects are usually mild and temporary, especially when compared to symptoms of RSV.