RSV and
older adults

Being an older adult can put you at risk for severe complications due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

While you may be doing everything you can to stay healthy, the immune system typically weakens with older age and has a harder time fighting off viruses, such as RSV. While RSV is typically mild, there is still a possibility it could pose a severe impact especially in adults aged 65 years and older. Part of that severe impact is that RSV can cause serious complications such as pneumonia or exacerbation of congestive heart failure (CHF), asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in older adults.

In the US, approximately 177,000 hospitalizations in older adults due to RSV are reported each year.

Of those hospitalizations,

approximately 8% of cases result in death.