Protect Yourself and Others from Respiratory Viruses (COVID-19, Flu, and RSV)
Page last updated 2/7/2024.
Use strategies and tools to lower your chances of catching or spreading a respiratory virus and lower your likelihood of getting very sick if you do catch one.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people, ages 6 months and older, stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines and receive a seasonal flu vaccine.
- If you are 60 years and older, talk to your healthcare provider to see if the RSV vaccination is right for you. The CDC also recommends nirsevimbad, a monoclonal antibody product, for infants younger than 8 months who are born during - or entering - their first RSV season.
- This fall, pregnant people will be able to receive an
immunization to protect themselves and their newborn(s) against
severe respiratory illness and hospitalization.
- Handwashing with soap removes most germs, including respiratory viruses, from your hands. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Viral particles in the air spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. Improving ventilation (air flow), such as opening windows or using air filters, can reduce the amount of virus you are exposed to.
- Masks can help reduce the amount of germs you breathe in.
- You can also use masks to help protect others if you have a respiratory virus.
- Stay away from others who are sick, if possible.
COVID-19 tests are
widely available over-the-counter and from community testing
- Your healthcare provider can help advise you on getting test for flu, RSV, or other respiratory viruses.
"Stay Up-to-Date" Flyers
"Who Should Get Vaccinated" Flyers
Fall & Winter Vaccines
(Other languages available soon)
COVID-19, Flu, and RSV Vaccinations
COVID-19, Flu, and RSV Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, contact the Epidemiology Unit at (619) 692-8499 or send us an e-mail.