Respiratory viruses can cause the common cold and influenza-like illness.
While you may be familiar with these illnesses – and have likely had them before – you may not be as familiar with all the different viruses that cause them.
For weekly case count updates for all respiratory viruses in Wisconsin, see the Weekly Respiratory Surveillance Report, P-02346.
People at higher risk
Though most people will only experience mild to moderate symptoms from a respiratory virus, some people may get seriously ill or even die. Those with weakened immune systems, infants, older adults, and those with existing lung or heart conditions are at a higher risk of developing severe illness. See our People at Higher Risk webpage for more information on what it means to be part of these groups.
- Respiratory Viruses, P-03082: An informative fact sheet explaining the similarities and differences between different respiratory viruses.
- Respiratory Illness Vaccine Promotion Toolkits: Toolkits for health care providers, local and Tribal health departments, people who are pregnant, and K-12 schools and early care and education programs regarding the importance and promotion of respiratory illness vaccination.
- Wash Your Hands!, P-01710: Flyer with instructions on how to properly wash hands.
- Is it the flu, a cold, or whooping cough?,P-02263: (PDF) Flyer outlining the differences between the flu, a cold, and whooping cough.
Resources can be ordered for free. Here's how:
- Download the Microsoft Word document F-80025A (Word) this form can be used to order multiple forms/publications.
- Complete the form by tabbing through the input fields, not by using the return or enter key.
- Email the completed form to the DHS forms managers.
- If you have questions about ordering forms or publications, please email the DHS forms manager or call 608-267-9054.
Questions about respiratory viruses? Contact us!
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