RSV vaccine for adults

The RSV vaccine is being offered to adults who may be at risk from serious illness due to RSV infection.

What is RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the most common viruses to affect your respiratory (breathing) system. It’s highly infectious. In most people, it will only cause a mild illness. Common symptoms include:

  • a runny nose
  • decrease in appetite
  • a cough
  • fever

Most people recover after 2 to 3 weeks of illness. In some people, RSV can cause severe illness like bronchiolitis (infection of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia. These can mean a stay in hospital.

Older adults may be more at risk of serious illness due to RSV infection.

The RSV vaccine is a quick and easy way to protect yourself against RSV illness.

Who can get the RSV vaccine

If you’re turning 75 years old between 1 August 2024 and 31 July 2025, you’ll be offered the RSV vaccine. This includes if your 75th birthday is on 1 August 2024 or 31 July 2025.

The vaccine will also be offered to anyone who is aged 75 to 79 years on 1 August 2024. This means you can get the vaccine if your date of birth is between 2 August 1944 and 31 July 1950. This is because the RSV vaccine is new to Scotland, and this group could not be given the vaccine before now.

In future years, the vaccine will only be offered to those turning 75 years old between 1 August and 31 July.

Getting the RSV vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against infections caused by the most common types of RSV.

How to get the RSV vaccine

Your local NHS immunisation team will contact you when it’s time to get the vaccine. Please wait to be contacted.

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The Vaccine Safety Net is a global network of websites, evaluated by the World Health Organisation, that provides reliable information on vaccine safety.

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