We pretty much said our goodbyes to summer, and are welcoming the new seasons. These seasons will bring a lot of change, along with some uninvited guests like the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). At AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill, we are your committed ally, dedicated to keeping you and your family informed and prepared. Here is our comprehensive guide to understanding the differences between flu and RSV, the symptoms, preventive measures, and the significance of vaccines.
The Symptoms And Differences Between RSV and Flu
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
Some symptoms may include
- Elevated fever
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
While most individuals recover from the flu, it can lead to severe complications, particularly among those with compromised immune systems or preexisting medical conditions.
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. Vaccines are available to protect older adults from severe RSV. Monoclonal antibody products are available to protect infants and young children from severe RSV. some symptoms may include:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Breathing difficulties
In severe cases, RSV can lead to respiratory distress, especially in infants and elderly individuals.
Protecting yourself Against RSV and the Flu
Taking proactive steps to prevent the flu and RSV is essential, and the following measures can be beneficial:
For the Flu:
- The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- We offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and those 65 and up.
- Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine, ideally by the end of October. Also please note that we also offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and those 65 and up.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- For flu, CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine.
- The CDC recommends all children younger than 8 months receive nirsevimab to protect them in their first RSV season.
- Get a Nasal swab RSV test at AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill
- RSV vaccines can help protect adults 60 years and older from RSV disease. Older adults are at greater risk than young adults for serious complications from RSV because immune systems weaken with age.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your shirt sleeve, not your hands
AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill: Your Healthcare Partner
At AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill, your health and well-being are very important to us. We are here to offer timely and professional care precisely when you need it. Our commitment to your convenience encompasses:
- 7-Day Availability: Recognizing that health concerns can arise at any time, we maintain operational readiness seven days a week. Whether it's a regular weekday, weekend, or even a holiday, you can rely on us to help with RSV testing, flu shots and COVID-19 testing
- Walk-In and Appointment Scheduling: We cater to your preferences, allowing you to choose between walking in or scheduling an appointment. Our adaptable approach ensures that you receive the care you require on your own terms.
- Online Payment System: We endeavor to simplify your healthcare experience. Our online payment system empowers you to manage your bills effortlessly.
Remaining well-informed and proactive in your healthcare journey is instrumental in the battle against the flu and RSV. AFC Urgent Care Rocky Hill stands as your trusted companion in this mission. Remember, prevention is the cornerstone of health, and getting vaccinated against the flu can significantly reduce your risk of contracting it this season.