Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccination

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Information

RSV is a highly contagious viral infection that can spread easily. When an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes, their infectious droplets can be breathed in by others. RSV commonly affects children; however, it can also cause severe illness in older adults.

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to help protect yourself from serious disease caused by RSV infection.

The RSV vaccine is currently available as a single vaccination to people aged 60 years and older.

Who is recommended to receive an RSV vaccination?

  • All adults aged 75 years and older
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 60 – 74 years
  • Adults aged 60 to 74 years with medical conditions that increase their risk of severe disease due to RSV, such as:
    • Cardiac disease
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Immunocompromising conditions
    • Chronic metabolic disorders
    • Chronic kidney disease (stage 4 or 5)
    • Chronic neurological conditions

Who is eligible for a free RSV vaccination?

The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) does not currently provide RSV vaccines for free to anyone.

For more information on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) please click here.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties for a purpose directly related to your vaccine administration. This includes (but is not limited to) disclosure of your personal information to the Australian Immunisation Register, Medicare, Pharmacy Programs Administrator, medical personnel who are the service providers of the immunisation, other third parties as required by law. We may additionally use and disclose your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy which can be found here.

General information only. This information does not replace the information provided by your healthcare professional. Information current as at date of publishing. Report any errors to [email protected]