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RSV Vaccines for Adults: Gaps in Understanding

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Angela Branche, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, says the gaps are in a precise understanding of who is at risk for serious illness from respiratory syncytial virus and therefore who should get vaccinated.

The FDA has approved two vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for adults, sold under the brand names Arexvy and Abrysvo, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the RSV vaccination for those 60 or older under shared clinical decision-making.

Angela Branche, M.D., discussed the gaps in the understanding of RSV vaccination at the ID Week 2023 meeting in Boston earlier this year.

"If you are in your mid-to late 70s, if you're in your 80s, if you live in a long-term care facility or assisted living facility, I have very, very little reservation and strongly recommend RSV vaccines for those folks," said Branche. "But if you are in your 60s, it's worth having a conversation with your provider about it."

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