You may be eligible for three vaccinations this fall – flu, COVID-19, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) – and wondering if you should get all three shots.
This is your guide to FDA-authorized and approved vaccines, tests and treatments for all three illnesses. Talk to a health care professional about what works best for you.
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone 6 months of age and older.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year.
There are two FDA-approved RSV vaccines for individuals 60 years of age and older; one is also approved for use in pregnant individuals to prevent RSV in infants. Ask your doctor or nurse about your eligibility.
Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness
Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is one of the FDA’s top priorities.
The FDA has authorized and approved many COVID-19 tests, including rapid home tests.
The CDC has more information about the types of flu tests available. Your health care professional can answer questions about flu tests.
Lab tests can detect respiratory viruses such as RSV and the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the flu.
Tests Used By Your Doctor
Your doctor uses laboratory tests to help diagnose health conditions.
FDA-approved and authorized COVID-19 treatments are available.
Flu antiviral medications are FDA-approved prescription treatments for adults, children and infants.
Most people can recover at home from mild, cold-like symptoms. Infants and adults with severe cases of RSV may need to be hospitalized. Talk to a health care professional if you are severely ill.
Questions and Answers About Drugs
FDA pharmacists answer your questions about prescription and nonprescription medicines.