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RSV and Flu are Both Spiking in Downers Grove - What's the Difference?

RSV and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a highly contagious virus that typically causes mild, cold-like symptoms, such as runny nose, cough, and fever. However, in some cases, RSV can lead to more serious complications, such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis, especially in young children and older adults.



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The flu, or influenza, is also a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. It is typically more severe than a cold and can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, body aches, and a cough. The flu can also lead to complications such as pneumonia, especially in people with weakened immune systems. Unlike RSV, which can occur at any time of year, the flu typically occurs during the winter months.




There are a few key differences between RSV and the flu. RSV tends to cause milder symptoms and is more common in young children, while the flu is usually more severe and can affect people of all ages. In addition, the flu is more likely to lead to complications, such as pneumonia, and there is a vaccine available to prevent the flu. On the other hand, there is no vaccine for RSV and no specific treatment for the virus, so preventing the spread of the infection is the best way to prevent it.


Regardless, if you're in Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont or any of the Western Suburbs, Downers Grove Immediate Care on the corner of Odgen Ave and Fairview can provide testing to truly determine if you have the flu, RSV, or COVID so that we can determine the diagnosis and then focus efforts on the right treatment.

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