Many Americans “have reached their limit” with vaccines due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. But sadly, Covid isn’t the only game in town. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) hasn’t gone away and continues to cause illness, hospitalization and death. It is a single stranded RNA virus that can infect people at all ages. It is the leading cause of respiratory hospitalizations in infants. It is also problematic for people over 65, also causing hospitalization and death.
RSV vaccine research has been ongoing for the past 30 years. Just recently Pfizer has conducted trials in senior adults where a single dose of vaccine was 100% effective in preventing RSV and was fairly free of side effects. Research is still ongoing for a vaccine applicable to the infant/child population.