At Your Appointment

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What medications do you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Is anyone else in your household sick?
  • Do you live with anyone who is younger than one year or older than 65 years, or has heart disease, lung disease, cancer or a weakened immune system?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having cough, fever, headache, runny nose, or sore throat?
  • When did your symptoms start?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been constant or are they getting worse?
  • What, if anything, seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Are you up to date on vaccines?
  • What treatments do you recommend for respiratory syncytial virus?
  • Do any of these treatments interfere with my regular medicines or medical conditions?
  • Am I at high risk for serious respiratory syncytial virus illness?
  • What signs should I watch for that may mean I'm developing a serious illness?
  • How can I protect others from catching respiratory syncytial virus?
  • Do you recommend any preventive treatments for me once I recover?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have respiratory syncytial virus?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have respiratory syncytial virus?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What treatments are available for respiratory syncytial virus?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
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Medical Reviewer: Meredith Goodwin, MD, FAAFP
Last Review Date: 2018 Jun 21
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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