The Latest on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Epidemiology and Prevention

The Latest on Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Epidemiology and Prevention

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is currently a significant topic in pulmonology. With the start of the fall-winter season, RSV transmission is expected to increase. The good news is that the first available RSV vaccine, called Arexvy, has been approved for use in adults aged 60 and older.

In a recent episode of Lungcast, Dr. Albert Rizzo, the chief medical officer of the American Lung Association, and Dr. Barbara S. Taylor, an associate professor of infectious diseases, discussed the latest developments and emerging trends in RSV epidemiology and prevention.

One of the key topics discussed was the decision-making process for adults regarding the available RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccines. It is crucial to determine who should receive which vaccine and when. The episode provided insights into the new RSV season, available and investigational vaccines, in vitro immunization, and the risk of a “triple-demic” involving RSV, flu, and COVID-19.

Dr. Taylor also highlighted the advancements in RSV vaccine development and the potential risk of RSV mutation and variants. The availability of new RSV vaccines brings hope for effective prevention strategies.

Additionally, the discussion covered the use of monoclonal antibodies and other therapies for RSV, along with the future prospects for overall respiratory virus prevention and vaccine development.

Overall, the episode offered valuable information and insights for healthcare professionals and individuals seeking to stay up-to-date with respiratory virus prevention strategies.


– FDA Approves First Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine. US Food and Drug Administration.

– Lungcast episode, featuring Dr. Albert Rizzo and Dr. Barbara S. Taylor.

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