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Flu, RSV, COVID-19

Prepare for Flu, RSV and COVID-19 as people travel and gather indoors this winter.

Respiratory illnesses are increasing rapidly this winter. They include Influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19.  In recent weeks, there has been increases in activity for all three, following state and national trends. Increases in both flu and RSV activity is occurring earlier in the year than usual, and there has been a rise in local hospitalizations among children with RSV.  

With indoor gatherings resuming, it is important that individuals take simple, but important steps to protect themselves, others, and especially young infants and older adults.

 

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Get your COVID booster

You are encouraged to get your COVID-19 booster as soon as possible. You should go to your regular doctor or care provider for this. If you don't have health insurance, you can go to CVS, Walgreens or to one of our sites. While there is currently no vaccine for RSV, being infected with more than one virus can increase the risk of severe disease. Find out more about where you can go.  

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Get a Flu shot

This year there are special “senior” flu vaccines recommended for people ages 65 and older. Studies show they are more effective for older adults than the regular flu vaccine. COVID-19 and flu vaccines may be given together, and both vaccines are widely available across health systems, in pharmacies, and in community health clinics. Learn more here:  https://sf.gov/flu-vaccines

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Get Treated if you get COVID

If you get COVID, find out if you would benefit from treatment with a medicine for COVID-19, as these medicines must be started early. 

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Stock up on rapid tests

People with insurance are able to get at-home tests for free or be reimbursed. Contact your health provider.

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Mask up when needed

Keep a well-fitted mask on hand for crowded, indoor spaces (N95, KN95, KF94 are best) 

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Practice good hygiene

Wash hands frequently (30 seconds, soap and water, you know the routine!), cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 

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Protect others

If you have cold symptoms, keep your distance as much as possible, or wear a mask and wash your hands to avoid spreading germs to people at highest risk of getting sick, such as infants

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Make a plan

Have a backup plan for travel, caregiving, and other responsibilities

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Stay home when sick

Feeling sick? Stay home!

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Make your gathering a safer one

Increase ventilation or air filtration if possible, or gather outdoors  

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Last updated November 28, 2022