News, Health | More elderly people are getting sick with the RS virus – now the vaccine is coming to Norway

For about 60 years, scientists have been working to create a vaccine against the RSV virus (RSV). Vaccines now approved in the EU – and thus in Norway – protect against lower respiratory tract infections caused by the RS virus, he wrote Aftenposten.

– This year, you can visit your own doctor to get a vaccine against the RS virus. You also have to pay for it yourself, department director Are Stuwitz Berg at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) told the newspaper.

He stated FHI would not make a general recommendation that everyone over 65 should take it this year.

– If a vaccine against the RS virus is to be recommended for everyone over 65 years of age, which is the common age limit for vaccination in Norway, a so-called full method assessment is required. In the long term, an RSV vaccine could be included in vaccination programs for adults, but we haven’t considered that, said Berg.

The RS virus is known to be the most common cause of lower respiratory tract infections in young children. RS virus, also known as respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cold virus in both children and adults Oslo University Hospital.

The RS virus can also cause serious illness in adults and the elderly. RSV appears in autumn and winter.

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