RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Anyone can get RSV, but it can be especially serious for infants and older adults.

According to the CDC:

  • Infants up to 12 months of age (especially those 6 months and younger) and children who were born prematurely, or who have chronic lung or heart disease or a weakened immune system, are at increased risk.
  • RSV can be severe in older adults, adults with chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, weakened immune systems, or certain other underlying medical conditions, or who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

RSV can spread through direct contact with someone’s cough or sneeze, or by touching a surface like a doorknob and then touching your face before washing your hands. Symptoms include runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, or wheezing. Most people recover in a week or two, but in some cases RSV can cause pneumonia or worsen chronic conditions like asthma or heart disease.

Fortunately, there is now a vaccine available for RSV. The CDC recommends the vaccine for adults 60 years and older. There is also an option for infants and pregnant people.

Contact Telluride Regional Medical Center with any questions and concerns

If you or your child needs medical care this season, our team is here for you. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (970) 728-3848. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.