Respiratory Syncytial Virus

What is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is a virus that is a common cause of upper and lower respiratory tract infection. Repeated infections are common throughout life because natural infection does not confer long-lasting immunity.

RSV disease is most common in very young children, elderly people and First Nations people.

In adults, RSV usually causes upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, such as cough, sore throat and nasal congestion, similar to other respiratory viruses. Wheezing, earache and sinus pain occur more commonly with RSV infection than with other viruses. Lower respiratory tract infection can also cause wheezing and breathing difficulty. In children, primary RSV infection usually occurs by two years of age. 

It is a leading cause of hospitalisation due to lower respiratory tract infection and bronchiolitis in infants aged up to six months.  

About RSV vaccine

Who should receive the RSV vaccine?

RSV immunisation is recommended for: 

  • All adults over 75 years
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 60 to 74 years
  • Adults aged 60 to 74 years with medical conditions that increase their risk of severe disease due to RSV

How much does the RSV vaccine cost?
The RSV vaccine is not currently subsidised by the National Immunisation Program (NIP) or State funding. The cost of the RSV vaccine to Bendigo UFS members is $337.45, and for non-members $374.95. Payment is required at the time of administering the vaccine.

Are walk-in appointments available?

Walk-in appointments are currently available at all Bendigo UFS Pharmacies stores but a walk-in appointment is not guaranteed. Pre bookings are available.

Where can I learn more about RSV?
We recommend visiting as a great information source. To locate RSV information directly visit here.


Last updated May 17, 2024