Respiratory Syncytial Viru (RSV) affects the lungs and breathing. It's commonly found in young children but also significantly impacts the respiratory health of older adults.
RSV infections tend to happen in the fall, winter, and early spring.
An RSV infection typically lasts between one to two weeks. It's possible to get RSV more than once, but subsequent infections are often milder than the first. Who's Most at Risk? Those with compromised immune systems and individuals with certain medical conditions face the greatest risk of experiencing severe RSV symptoms.
Those with compromised immune systems and individuals with certain medical conditions face the greatest risk of experiencing severe RSV symptoms.
RSV typically presents with symptoms similar to a mild cold, including:
RSV can lead to more concerning conditions such as:
RSV is present in saliva and fluids from the nose and mouth. It's transmitted between people through:
If you've been exposed to RSV, symptoms usually appear within three to five days.
If you or a loved one are in a high-risk group and suspect an RSV infection, seek medical advice promptly. Stay safe and informed during RSV season.
Ontario is rolling out its first publicly funded vaccination program of the first Health Canada approved RSV vaccine, Arexvy, for those 60 years and older living in Long-Term Care Homes, Elder Care Lodges, and in some retirement homes.
RSV Vaccine will NOT be available at Public Health Unit clinics.