Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Protecting Older Adults at Risk for Serious Complications

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Overview / Abstract:

Target Audience

This activity was developed for family practice physicians, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for older adults.

Program Overview

Each year, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects up to 10% of older adults who live in congregate settings and predisposes to an increased risk for hospitalization and death, particularly in those with comorbid cardiopulmonary disease. Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, compares the burden of RSV with other viral infections in older adults and emphasizes the importance of making and how to make the diagnosis. He discusses the symptomatic management, but emphasizes the importance of instituting preventive measures since there are no currently approved medications for acute or preventive treatment of RSV in older adults (as of November 30, 2021). Dr. Gravenstein also highlights several vaccines that are in late phase development to prevent RSV infection in older adults.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

Discuss the burden of disease related to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in adults
Explain the risk factors for RSV infection in adults
Identify opportunities to reduce the risk for serious RSV-associated complications in older adults
Integrate prophylactic vaccinations related to RSV into the routine management of older adults


Nov 30, 2022


Nursing CNE, Physician CME



Credits / Hours

1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™



Presenters / Authors / Faculty


Angela Branche, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP.

Keywords / Search Terms

Relias LLC FreeCME., Relias LLC.,Respiratory Syncytial Virus Free CE CME

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