Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms.
Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization.
New RSV Vaccines for Adults 60 and Over
Regulators recently approved two vaccines that help prevent RSV in adults 60 and older.
The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 60 talk to their doctor about the individual benefits and risks of the new vaccines.
Older adults with underlying health problems like heart or lung disease or declining immune systems may experience a greater benefit.
SCHD is evaluating options for providing one or both RSV vaccines.
RSV Protection for Infants
A monoclonal antibody treatment to help prevent RSV infections in infants will become available this fall.
The CDC recommends this treatment for children ages 0-8 months before their first RSV season.
The treatment is not for children already infected with RSV.
Monoclonal antibodies are not vaccines. Instead, they provide a shield of protection by blocking target viruses from entering cells.
Protection from monoclonal antibodies decreases over time. The current treatment protects against RSV for one season, or about five months.
On August 21, the FDA approved an RSV vaccine given during pregnancy to protect newborns. The CDC has yet to issue its recommendations for the vaccine, which is expected to become available in the coming months.
SCHD is evaluating options for providing preventive RSV treatments for infants.