RSV MAY RAISE THE STAKES FOR OLDER ADULTS
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common and contagious virus that typically produces mild, cold-like symptoms but can put older adults at risk for severe outcomes.1,2,*
*The CDC states that adults at highest risk for severe RSV infection include older adults, especially those 65 years and older, adults with chronic heart or lung disease, and adults with weakened immune systems. Data are limited in assessing the risk of severe outcomes due to RSV infection in adults 60-64 years of age.3,4
CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CHF=congestive heart failure; COPD=chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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