HEALTH AND WELLNESS | January 5, 2024
Illustration Of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Or Rsv

We know that not all of you have health insurance, and that can make it scary to see a doctor. But if you’re feeling really sick for a long time, that’s not good. It’s super important to get checked out. At Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center, we’re here to help you feel better.

Don’t stress about money or insurance. We can talk about what you can afford and how we can help you out. Just call us at (262) 656-0044, and we’ll figure it out together!

What’s RSV?

RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common bug that can make kids and adults sick. It’s usually not a big deal and feels like a cold or flu, with headaches, sneezing, and coughing. Most people get better in a week or two.

But, RSV can be more serious for babies, older people, and anyone in poor health. These folks can get serious breathing problems from it. So, we all need to be careful to not spread it. Cover your coughs, keep your hands clean, and be mindful of others.

Rsv Infographic
How Does RSV Spread?

RSV travels easily from person to person. When someone with RSV coughs or sneezes, tiny drops with the virus can land on people or things. If you touch something with the virus and then touch your face, you could get sick. It can also spread by shaking hands or sharing stuff like cups or forks.

When Can You Spread RSV?

You can start spreading RSV 1 to 2 days before you feel sick, and keep spreading it for 3 to 8 days. Some people, like babies or those with weaker immune systems, can spread it for up to four weeks. RSV is around mostly from late fall to early spring.

Symptoms of RSV

If you catch RSV, you might have:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Wheezing
  • Less hunger

If you’re healthy and have mild symptoms, you might not need a test. Just stay home and keep away from others to stop the spread. If you have to go out, consider wearing a mask.

Protecting Yourself and Others

Talk to your doctor about getting an RSV vaccine. There are vaccines for people over 60 and for pregnant people to protect their babies. Babies under 2 might get a medicine called palivizumab (Synagis) to prevent serious RSV. And there’s a new medicine called nirsevimab for babies up to 24 months old to protect them from RSV.

Remember, if you’re feeling really sick, call us at Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center. We’re here to help you get better, no matter what!

Remember, you don’t have to worry about the cost or whether you have insurance. Let’s discuss what works for your budget and how we can support you. Just reach out to us at (262) 656-0044, and we’ll work through it together!

Stopping the Spread of RSV

Here’s how to keep RSV from spreading:

Do not wait to schedule your appointment.

Kenosha Community Health Center has many appointment options in Kenosha and Silver Lake to meet your needs.

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