bus-1319360_1920With the new school year already underway in most parts of the country, it is becoming exceptionally important for parents to make sure their children are healthy when it’s time to get on the bus. A sick kid in school can not only cause the child to become even more ill, but also puts the health of other students and faculty at risk. Germs and bacteria are easily spread in schools via hand railings, door knobs, keyboards, and other commonly touched surfaces. At AFC Urgent Care, we understand that scheduling a visit with your child’s primary care physician on such short notice can be very difficult, and that visiting an emergency room can be very costly, which is why we are proud to be able to offer a variety of on-site lab testing services, including tests for mononucleosis.

Mononucleosis or simply “mono” is a viral infection that is typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is spread through infected saliva, which is why mono is also commonly referred to as “the kissing disease.” However, mono is able to be spread through coughing, sneezing, and sharing food or drinks as well.

It is possible for children or teens to have infectious mononucleosis and barely show any symptoms. In children, it is more common for mono to show very few or no symptoms at all, though this does not mean they are not contagious. Because the amount of time for symptoms to appear is so large, a child infected with mono can spread the virus without even knowing it, especially if they continue going to school on a daily basis.

If you notice that your child has cold like symptoms along with a mild to moderate fever, bring them to AFC Urgent Care New Bedford! A quick and simple blood test is all that is needed to make sure your child is healthy and safe to return to school. No appointments are necessary to receive treatment at our center and we have discounted rates available for those without insurance.