AFC Urgent Care Saugus’ Tips On How to Avoid the Flu and RSV This Winter

October 1, 2023

A man blowing his nose and on his way to AFC Urgent Care Saugus to see if he has RSV, the flu, or something else

The transition from summer to fall and winter can be quite beautiful, but it's important to prepare for unwelcome guests: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). AFC Urgent Care Saugus is your dedicated partner, committed to equipping you and your family with comprehensive knowledge and readiness.

Could It Be The Flu, Or RSV?

The flu, medically known as influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can affect individuals of all ages and is characterized by a range of symptoms such as elevated fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and fatigue. While most individuals recover from the flu, it can lead to severe complications, especially for those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

RSV is a common respiratory virus that impacts individuals across various age groups, with infants and older adults being particularly susceptible. RSV symptoms may initially resemble those of a common cold, including coughing and sneezing, fever, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, RSV can progress to respiratory distress, especially in infants and elderly individuals.

The Differences Between Flu and RSV Symptoms

Flu Symptoms

The flu often makes a sudden entrance, presenting symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Be vigilant for elevated fever (typically exceeding 100°F), persistent cough, sore throat, muscle soreness and discomfort, and fatigue.

RSV Symptoms

RSV symptoms may initially mimic a common cold but can evolve into more pronounced respiratory issues, encompassing persistent coughing, rapid breathing, and wheezing or respiratory distress.

Safety Precautions For RSV And The Flu

Taking proactive steps to prevent the flu and RSV is essential.

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, 
  • covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

 These measures are effective in curbing the spread of the flu.

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.

The Importance of Vaccination

Flu vaccines play a pivotal role in shielding against influenza. By receiving the annual flu vaccine, you not only decrease your chances of falling ill but also contribute to building community-wide immunity, which limits the spread of the virus. Also, please note that we also offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and  those 65 and up.

***While we do not currently provide an RSV vaccine, discussing RSV vaccination options with your healthcare provider is a prudent choice, particularly for high-risk individuals. Certain pharmacies are now offering RSV vaccines for those who wish to bolster their vaccine protection.

RSV Testing And Flu Shots Offered 7 Days A Week At AFC Urgent Care Saugus

At AFC Urgent Care New Bedford, your health and well-being take center stage. We are here to provide prompt and professional care precisely when you need it. Our commitment to your convenience encompasses accessible 7-day availability, flexible walk-in and appointment scheduling, and an effortless online payment system.

Remember to take precautions to prevent yourself and others from getting sick. The best way to stay healthy during the holiday season is to practice good hygiene. Stay away from people who are sick, wash your hands often and don’t touch your face without washing your hands. 

You can also get a flu shot to protect yourself from the influenza virus. Luckily for you, AFC Urgent Care Saugus offers the highly effective quadrivalent flu vaccine and RSV testing.

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