Protect Yourself From Seasonal Illness 2023-2024
Staying Healthy In the 2023-2024 Flu Season
Don't let seasonal respiratory illnesses get in the way of your 2023-2024 fall and winter seasons.
Here are the 3 things you need to know for a healthy year:
- COVID-19, the flu, and RSV are all respiratory illnesses that are expected to spike in the fall and winter. Older people, people with underlying health conditions, and young children are at higher risk for severe illness.
- Getting vaccinated against these viruses can help protect you and your loved ones from getting very sick this fall and winter.
- You can talk to your doctor now to make a plan for getting vaccines this season and staying healthy.
Use the jump links to learn more.
Taking care of a child? Learn how to keep little ones safe.
The Triple Threat
Influenza (flu), COVID-19, and RSV are all contagious illnesses expected to spread in fall and winter months. They are all respiratory illnesses, meaning they impact how we breathe, but each is caused by a different virus. All three of these viruses can infect anyone, but they pose a higher risk of severe illness for older people, people with underlying health conditions, and young children.
Stay Safe Get Vaccinated
COVID-19, the Flu, and RSV are all caused by different viruses. Fortunately, vaccines are available to protect you and your family from each virus. Booking a quick, affordable vaccine appointment can prevent long interruptions of your healthy fall.
Click the drop downs to learn more about which vaccines you should get and how to book an appointment. Talk to your provider to make a personal plan for which vaccines you should get at what times. Always call ahead of appointments to ask about hours, eligibility, and out-of-pocket costs.
If You Get Sick
If you feel sick, treatments are available. Talk to your provider about COVID, Flu, and RSV and how to feel better.
You may feel similar symptoms for respiratory illnesses. So, your doctor may ask you to take a COVID test or get tested for RSV or flu. A test can help determine safe next steps to feel better and prevent more infection.
Your doctor may prescribe treatments for illness due to COVID-19 and the flu if:
- You seek treatment early.
- Your doctor is concerned that you have a high risk for severe illness.
If you need help finding treatment, call AHD at 703.746.4988.
Young children are at higher risk of severe illness if they are infected with a respiratory illness. Help kids have a healthy, fun fall with the following steps:
1. Make an immunization plan with your child's doctor. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines are available for children 6 months and older. A medication for RSV is available for young children that can help prevent RSV infections.
Wondering what new COVID-19 vaccines your child needs to stay up-to-date? Check out the CDC recommendations for children and adolescents.
2. Make vaccine visits less stressful with these tips from the CDC.
3. Teach children how to wash hands and cover their coughs and sneezes. Don't forget to be a healthy role model!
4. If your child gets sick, keep them home! Check in with your child's doctor about treatment and feeling better.
Stay Informed - and Spread the Word
- Visit www.flu.gov for more information or read the CDC 2022-2023 Flu Season FAQ
- Keep an eye on COVID-19 Hospital Admission Levels.
- Sign up for eNews to get important health updates. Click “health department news”.
- Looking to spread the word?