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RSV Vaccine Basics

What is RSV?

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 2, but RSV can be a serious illness, especially for infants and older adults.

Symptoms

People infected with RSV usually show cold-like symptoms within 4-6 days of infection. Healthy adults and infants infected with RSV don’t usually need to be hospitalized, but some people may need hospital care if they’re having trouble breathing or they’re dehydrated.

Vaccine Eligibility

The first vaccine for RSV prevention has been approved by the FDA and is now available at the pharmacy and The Little Clinic. At-risk adults ages 60+ and pregnant patients during weeks 32-36 of pregnancy are eligible for the vaccine. Talk to your provider or pharmacist to determine if the vaccine is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These answers to frequently asked questions were created following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    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 2, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

    People infected with RSV usually show symptoms 4-6 days after infection. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever and wheezing. These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity and breathing difficulties.

    There are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms, you should:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils with others.
    • Frequently clean touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices.

    The first vaccine for RSV prevention has been approved by the FDA and is now available at the pharmacy and The Little Clinic.

    Adults ages 60+ may receive a single dose of the RSV vaccine, after discussing it with their provider or pharmacist, to determine their risk of RSV infection. Pregnant patients during weeks 32-36 of pregnancy may get the vaccine immediately before or during RSV season.

Other Recommended Vaccines

Are you up to date on all your vaccines? While getting your RSV vaccine, you can also get vaccinated for COVID-19, shingles, pneumonia, Tdap and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We’re offering the new COVID-19 vaccine so you can stay up to date with the latest guidance.

Shingles Vaccine

If you’re over 50, it may be time for your herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine.

Pneumonia Vaccine

There are 4 types of pneumonia vaccines to help prevent pneumococcal disease.

Tdap Vaccine

Adults need one dose of Tdap, then a Td or Tdap booster every 10 years.

Tools and Resources

Services and availability vary by location. Pharmacy, Clinic, and Telenutrition services are available in select areas. Access our pharmacy locator to find a pharmacy near you. The Little Clinic practices in the following states only: AZ, KY, OH, TN, CO, IN, GA, KS, VA. Access our clinic locator to find a clinic near you. Telenutrition services where medical nutrition therapy is provided are not available in AK, MT, NJ, NY, SC, WY, or where otherwise prohibited by applicable law.