New York State Department of Health Issues Standing Order to Allow Pharmacists to Administer RSV Vaccines to Older Adults
The New York State Department of Health recently announced that a statewide standing order has been issued to allow pharmacists in New York State to administer the RSV vaccination to adults 60 years and older. Older adults are susceptible to complications from RSV and are encouraged to get the vaccine now, as respiratory viruses typically spread in the fall and winter seasons.
The RSV vaccine helps protect adults 60 years and older from RSV disease. Older adults are at greater risk for serious complications from RSV because immune systems weaken with age. In addition, certain underlying conditions, such as chronic heart or lung disease, may increase the risk of getting very sick from RSV.
RSV is a highly contagious virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms, but can be serious, especially in infants and older adults. In adults, it can cause pneumonia, infections of the bronchioles (bronchiolitis), and can exacerbate underlying chronic lung disease.
To protect against respiratory viruses, the Department of Health recommends commonsense precautions, including:
- Staying up to date on all vaccines, including the RSV vaccine.
- Washing hands often with soap and hot water for least 20 seconds.
- Not coughing or sneezing into hands.
- Staying home when sick or symptomatic.
Those wishing to further protect themselves from respiratory viruses such as RSV disease may consider wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces. For more information visit: here/