RSV vs. the flu

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- With flu season hitting its peak, parents are having a hard time determining if their kids have the flu or RSV. It's a respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms.

It's common in kids under 2-years old, but it can be difficult for parents to know what their child is sick with.

Doctors say there are some easy signs to tell the difference. RSV has symptoms you would expect from the common cold; coughing, sneezing, congestion. With the flu, you'll tend to have body aches and headaches. They say you'll also see higher fevers with the flu than RSV. But, that's not the biggest indicator.

They also want parents to know, if you've already gotten a flu shot this year, do not get a second shot. There is a national vaccine shortage and it's been hard enough to get people immunized through the first one.

The CDC says most people recover from RSV in a week or two. It can be more serious for babies and the elderly.

Almost all kids will be infected with RSV by their second birthday. 


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