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Respiratory syncytial virus or “RSV'' has emerged as a common seasonal illness that adversely impacts older adults and younger children. RSV is a respiratory virus that spreads quickly in communities in the same way as other common illnesses, such as common colds and influenza. In children, RSV in flames small airways in the lungs and causes pneumonia. According to the CDC, RSV is a high-priority illness with significant growth in cases during late 2022.
Influenza cases, along with other seasonal illnesses, are also common among all age groups with similar symptoms to RSV, common colds, and COVID-19. Flu shots are available for patients as well as same-day flu testing at our West Orange clinic.
Visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange today for same-day RSV testing and flu testing at our local walk-in clinic. Patients can get testing for RSV, flu, and related seasonal illnesses. Any symptom can be assessed, tested, and followed up with coordinated care for your unique needs.
RSV is an illness that has minor symptoms in healthy adolescents and adults but can cause moderate to severe health outcomes in certain patient populations. Healthcare providers warn that infants can have significant health complications (2 years and younger) if they have RSV. Providers recommend to get RSV testing immediately when initial signs and symptoms appear. This is also the case for older adults that have immune deficiencies or weakened immune systems. While serious RSV symptoms are rare in healthy adults, it is still important to test to avoid spread to other groups.
Early symptoms to look for include congestion, runny nose, and cough. This is especially important if RSV cases are suddenly rising in your community. Follow public health updates to ensure that you stay alert to community risks for RSV.
RSV is a major illness in the United States with record case reports in 2022. Each major region of the U.S has significant risk of RSV with cases starting to impact communities both large and small.
Please visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange if you or your children have any of the following signs of RSV:
Patients that have RSV symptoms, or have young children with RSV, should immediately visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange to get same-day treatment and testing for RSV. Providers are available to ensure that your children and family members are safely tested and coordinate the next steps for treatment.
Influenza or “the flu” is one of the most common seasonal illnesses in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, flu impacts anywhere between 3% and 11% of the U.S population each season in diagnosed cases. Untreated and untested cases could likely inflate projected numbers.
Influenza season starts in the fall, usually late September to early October, and can expand into early spring during the severe flu season. To prevent the spread of flu, make sure to frequently wash your hands, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and limit contact with large groups indoors. Large indoor crowds are some of the most common spreader events of influenza. Make sure to avoid large gatherings inside when possible.
Flu season added various complications when assessing various illness symptoms and determining the next steps for further care. At AFC Urgent Care West Orange, we test patients for flu symptoms that are common to accurately assess the cause of illnesses, the severity of your flu symptoms based on testing, and how you can keep healthy throughout flu season.
Some of the most common flu symptoms we can test and treat include:
Households may experience a rapid spread of flu symptoms if they are left unchecked. Make sure you call or simply visit AFC Urgent Care West Orange whenever you need to get flu testing. We are happy to test and recommend flu shots, as well as help follow up with your care needs.
Flu testing services are available seven days a week for patients and can be treated through our walk-in clinic. Patients can get flu testing and treatment without the need for an appointment. Just visit as soon as you have time and we can diagnose flu symptoms right away.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.