RSV Prevention In Children And Adults

December 4, 2022

Child getting his vitals checked for RSV

RSV is circulating across massachusetts! And if you’re not careful, it can cause serious illness in young children. RSV is highly contagious and children’s hospitals are filling up with patients. If your child is in daycare or school, they might be at risk for contracting the virus and bringing it home to you or someone at home who is immunocompromised! 

But you can take steps to prevent exposure and reduce the chances of your child contracting either virus. AFC Urgent Care Malden is aware of the recent outbreak of RSV cases and wants to help you stay informed about the virus, prevention tips and treatment so that you can enjoy the holiday season.

Know the signs of RSV

Symptoms often mimic the same symptoms of flu. The signs and symptoms of RSV infections you should look out for are:

  • Coughing
  • Chest congestion
  • Wheezing
  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose

RSV typically begins with cold-like symptoms that can last up to 7 to 10 days. In some cases, especially in infants, it can lead to more serious illness such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. If your child has any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor right away as they may need oxygen or other treatment. 

Adults Can Get RSV, Too!

RSV is a virus that affects the respiratory system, and it is highly contagious. Just because it is more common in children, doesn’t mean you can’t get it, too! 

Although it’s usually mild, it can affect adults especially those who are older and immunocompromised. So, make sure to plan ahead if you are going to have a holiday party this winter. You don’t want to bring RSV along with your potato salad side dish.

 

It is most commonly spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood, from an infected person. It can also be spread through contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. 

How To Avoid RSV 

RSV is most commonly spread through contact with respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or blood, from an infected person. It can also be spread through contact with objects or surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. 

If you’re looking to prevent RSV, you can start by implementing some simple habits. First, avoid large crowds and keep your hands clean. Wash your hands before you eat, after you leave the bathroom, and after you come in contact with someone who is sick. You can also use clean tissues and avoid touching your face, especially when you are sick.

Next, get plenty of rest and try to avoid overscheduling yourself. It’s important to take care of your health and make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest in order to stay healthy when the weather starts getting colder. You can also try to get some exercise, but make sure it’s indoors. 

Finally, make sure that you are eating nutritious meals and avoiding foods that are high in sugar and fat. If you are sick, try to avoid sugar-loaded foods such as soda and candy to help your body heal.

AFC Urgent Care Malden Can Help You Avoid Getting Sick!

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 from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday, and  8am-5pm weekends. We’ll check you in, and check your vitals! 

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