RSV Prevention: A Key to Enjoying Winter Activities

November 20, 2023

Winter is a season of wonder, with its glistening snow, cozy fireplaces, and the promise of festive celebrations. It’s a time to embrace outdoor adventures like skiing, ice skating, and building snowmen with loved ones. However, along with the joys of winter, seasonal illnesses such as the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can pose a threat. 

RSV is a common respiratory infection that can affect people of all ages, but it can be especially dangerous for seniors and babies. Seniors, with their weakened immune systems, are more susceptible to severe complications from RSV, while babies, with their underdeveloped immune systems, are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms. Symptoms can range from a simple cold to more severe respiratory issues. For this reason, considering RSV vaccination for both seniors and babies can be the key for everyone to enjoy the season to the fullest.

In August 2023, the Government of Canada approved the first vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) for adults aged 60 and over. Here’s how to get the vaccine:

Consult with a Well and Truly pharmacist or your health-care provider: At the consultation, ask questions and discuss concerns you have about taking the RSV vaccine.  Ensure that you understand the vaccine’s benefits and any potential side effects. The pharmacists or health-care provider will assess your eligibility and provide you with information on the vaccination process. 

Schedule an appointment: If the RSV vaccine is recommended, schedule an appointment for a time that’s convenient for you. 

Follow safety measures: Continue practicing good hygiene, such as handwashing, wearing masks when needed, and maintaining physical distance, to complement the vaccine’s protection.

The threat of RSV should not cast a shadow over your winter plans. Embrace the season’s wonders by considering RSV vaccination, especially if you belong to a high-risk group. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is the key to enjoying winter activities to the fullest. So, gear up, stay healthy, and make this winter your best one yet!

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada