Navigating The Flu And RSV Season With AFC Urgent Care Malden: Your Comprehensive Guide

October 1, 2023

Woman blowing her nose as the colder season begins and is worried she might contract RSV, the flu or another upper respiratory infection

With the shifting seasons, as the weather cools and nature paints vibrant landscapes, we also find ourselves welcoming some uninvited guests: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). 

AFC Urgent Care Malden is here to help provide our families and friends in the Marlborough communities with flu shots for all ages, frequent RSV testing and a whole lot more to ensure that you and your family stay healthy, safe and informed throughout the winter holiday season.

Know the Differences Between the Flu and RSV

The flu, medically known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can affect individuals of all ages, manifesting symptoms such as:

  • Elevated fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

While most individuals recover from the flu, it can lead to severe complications, especially among those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions.

Another year and “run in” with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that affects individuals across various age groups, with infants and older adults being particularly susceptible. Initial RSV symptoms may resemble those of a common cold, including:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties

In severe cases, RSV can progress to respiratory distress, which is especially concerning in infants and elderly individuals.

Prevention: Building a Strong Defense Against RSV And The Flu

Flu Prevention

Annual flu vaccines are highly effective in reducing the risk of contracting the flu. In addition to vaccination, practicing good hygiene is crucial. Regular handwashing, maintaining a safe distance from individuals who are unwell, and ensuring you cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing are effective measures in limiting the spread of the flu. Also please note that we also offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and  those 65 and up.

RSV Prevention

Similar preventive strategies apply to RSV. Frequent handwashing is essential to reduce the risk of infection. If you or a family member are unwell, it is advisable to minimize close contact with infants and older adults who are more susceptible to severe RSV symptoms.

Note: Although we do not offer a vaccine for RSV, discussing RSV vaccination options with your healthcare provider is a wise choice, especially for high-risk individuals. Currently, certain pharmacies are offering RSV vaccines for those of you looking to double up on your vaccine protection.

AFC Urgent Care Malden: Your dependable Healthcare Partner

Stop into our AFC Urgent Care center in Malden where you can be seen for your urgent care needs. We can help you stay healthy this holiday season! AFC Urgent Care Malden is here for you 7 days a week. You can walk-in or make an appointment to see us any day of the week. Our commitment to helping you with: 


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