Understanding The Differences Between The Flu And RSV With AFC Urgent Care Marlborough

October 1, 2023

 Little boy sick with a fever and unsure if it’s RSV, the flu or something else!

As we transition to the colder months of the year, we also face the onset of flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). At AFC Urgent Care Marlborough, our mission is to equip you and your loved ones with the necessary knowledge to combat these illnesses. We provide a thorough understanding of both flu and RSV, encompassing their characteristics, symptoms, and methods of prevention. The importance of vaccinations is also emphasized in our comprehensive guide, so you can avoid them this winter holiday season!

What Are The Differences Between The Flu and RSV?

Flu (Influenza)

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory ailment caused by influenza viruses. It can affect individuals of all ages and manifests a spectrum of symptoms, such as:

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

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

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that impacts individuals of all ages, with a particular vulnerability in infants and older adults. Symptoms of RSV may initially mimic a common cold, featuring:

  • 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 Against RSV and the Flu

Flu Prevention starts with a flu shot!

Annual flu vaccines are highly effective in reducing the risk of contracting the flu. In addition to vaccination, practicing good hygiene is essential. Regular handwashing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing are effective measures to limit the spread of the flu.

RSV Safety And Prevention:

For RSV, similar preventive measures apply. Frequent handwashing is essential to minimize the risk of infection. If you or a family member are sick, it's advisable to limit close contact with infants and older adults who are more susceptible to severe RSV symptoms.

The Significance of Vaccination

Flu vaccines play a pivotal role in shielding against influenza. By getting vaccinated annually, you not only reduce your chances of getting sick but also contribute to community-wide immunity, limiting the spread of the virus.

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 Marlborough: Your Trusted Health Partner

At AFC Urgent Care Marlborough, your well-being is our highest priority. We're here to provide timely and professional care when you need it most, dedicated to your convenience with:

  • 7-Day Availability: Health concerns can arise at any time, and we're here for you seven days a week, including weekdays, weekends, and holidays.
  • Walk-In and Appointment Scheduling: Whether you prefer to walk in or schedule an appointment, we accommodate your needs for care on your terms.
  • Online Payment System: We strive to make your healthcare experience as seamless as possible, including easy bill management with our online payment system.
  • RSV Testing, COVID-19 Testing, Flu Shots and all of your other urgent care needs!
  • Also please note that we also offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and  those 65 and up.

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