Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV vaccine update

Dartmouth Health locations is offering RSV vaccines to our adult patients and infants. This includes:

  • Pregnant women (32 to 36 weeks gestational age)
  • Neonates and infants born during or entering their first RSV season
  • Children up to 24 months of age who remain vulnerable to severe RSV disease through their second RSV season

Find information on RSV vaccination for infants, pregnant women and adults over 60 years of age on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a common virus that affects the airways and lungs. The virus causes mild illness in most children and adults, causing cold-like symptoms and possibly some wheezing and coughing. However, RSV can cause serious infection; infants, pregnant women and older adults are at higher risk for serious disease. This year, vaccines are available for adults, including pregnant women, and preventive therapies are available for infants.

Many pharmacies offer the RSV vaccine and can tell you how much it will cost before you get vaccinated. For adults who have Medicare insurance, the cost of the vaccine is covered under Medicare Part D, the prescription benefit. This means you need to receive the vaccine at a pharmacy in order to have Medicare cover the cost of the vaccine. If you have private insurance you may want to check with your insurer before your vaccination to clarify if your plan covers the cost of this vaccination.