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CDC updates RSV vaccine recommendations for older people

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New Yorkers aged 75 and older are now advised to get the RSV vaccine before fall and winter, according to new CDC guidelines. Previously, the CDC recommended the vaccine for those 65 and older but updated the age due to recent studies on disease risk and vaccine effectiveness.

Around 20% of New Yorkers aged 60 and above have received the RSV vaccine so far, slightly below the national average of 24%. Those aged 60 to 74 with chronic health conditions or living in nursing homes should also get vaccinated.

RSV causes over 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths among older Americans each year. The CDC advises getting the shot in late summer or early fall. For infants, the CDC recommends maternal vaccination during pregnancy or immunization with monoclonal antibodies to prevent severe RSV disease.