Health experts anticipate another wave of respiratory viral infections this fall, namely due to the flu, the virus that causes COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Fortunately, vaccines for all three viruses will be available for the first time in the fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone eligible should at least receive the flu and COVID-19 shots. Individuals aged 65 and older are encouraged to talk with their doctors about potentially receiving the RSV vaccine, which is new. Some other RSV-preventive products, but not a vaccine, are available for babies and young children.

Experts note that getting the vaccines at the end of summer could help ward off respiratory illness when risks heighten in the fall. Vaccinations have been shown to reduc hospitalizations and death and may be particularly beneficial for those with compromised health.

Do I Need Another COVID-19 Shot?

The CDC recommends that all eligible individuals receive a COVID-19 shot this fall, even if they got the original vaccination in the past. However, the CDC has yet to release full vaccination guidance since the latest manufactured versions of the COVID-19 vaccine are still awaiting federal authorization.

Can I Get All the Vaccines at Once? 

Last year, many individuals received a COVID-19 and flu shot simultaneously to seemingly good effect; however, health experts will continue reviewing cases and compiling data to illuminate any potential safety concerns. 

The CDC says it’s OK to get the RSV vaccination at the same time as the other two, but there is still little data regarding its safety and efficacy. Eligible individuals should discuss any vaccination regimen with their doctor before getting the shots.

Want to Learn More?

The CDC reaffirms that getting vaccinated is one of the safest ways to protect your health. The agency is expected to release additional vaccine guidance after the latest COVID-19 shots gain federal authorization. In the meantime, individuals should direct any vaccination questions or concerns to their primary care physicians.