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

While you may be doing everything you can to stay healthy, the immune system (your body’s defense against infection) also ages as you age and can, therefore, have a harder time fighting off viruses such as RSV.

While RSV is typically mild, older adults are at greater risk of severe RSV infection.

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 industrialized countries, approximately 470,000 older adults (60 years and older) are hospitalized due to RSV each year.

Be your own health advocate and ask your doctor to learn more about RSV.