RSV or The Flu? How To Avoid Them This Winter Season

October 1, 2023

Woman sick on a couch and in need of a flu shot and RSV test at AFC Urgent Care Southington

The changing seasons not only bring cooler weather and beautiful foliage but also some unwelcome guests: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). AFC Urgent Care Southington is your dedicated partner in keeping you and your family informed and prepared. With our commitment to your health, we offer a comprehensive guide to understanding the flu and RSV, including what they are, symptoms, prevention strategies, and the importance of vaccines.

Understanding the Differences Between Flu and RSV

Flu (Influenza)

The flu, short for influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can affect people of all ages and is characterized by symptoms such as:

  • High 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 affects individuals of all ages, particularly infants and older adults. Symptoms of RSV can resemble a cold, including:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing

In severe cases, RSV can lead to respiratory distress, especially in infants and elderly individuals.

Prevention and Protection Against RSV and the Flu

Preventing the flu and RSV is essential, and there are proactive steps you can take:

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, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, and covering your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing can help limit the spread of the flu. 

RSV 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.

Importance of Vaccination

Flu vaccines play a pivotal role in protecting 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.

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 Southington: Now Offering Flu Shots And RSV Testing

At AFC Urgent Care Southington, your health and well-being are our top priorities. We are here to provide prompt and professional care when you need it most. Our commitment to your convenience includes:

  • 7-Day Availability: We understand that health concerns can arise at any time, which is why we're open seven days a week. Whether it's a weekday, weekend, or even a holiday, you can count on us.
  • Walk-In and Appointment Scheduling: Whether you prefer to walk in or schedule an appointment, we accommodate your needs. Our flexible approach ensures that you receive the care you need on your terms.
  • Online Payment System: We strive to make your healthcare experience as seamless as possible. With our online payment system, you can manage your bills with ease.
  • Flu shots, RSV testing and COVID-19 testing to help give you peace of mind this winter. 
  • Also please note that we also offer “fluzone” high dose flu shots for seniors and  those 65 and up.

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