Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, stay home if you’re sick, and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects you frequently touch. In cases of RSV, keep infants younger than 12 months away from people with cold-like symptoms.
Staying up to date with vaccines is an effective preventive measure. Most children and adults are eligible to receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Everyone 5 years and older should get one updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, even if they received any original COVID-19 vaccines. Adults 60 and older have the option to receive RSV vaccination after a discussion with their health care provider. Talk to your health care provider if you have questions about the COVID-19, RSV, or flu vaccines. It’s never too late to get vaccinated to help prevent complications.
While some antiviral medications can help fight the flu and COVID-19, vaccination and healthy habits are your best line of defense. Schedule your annual flu shot and get the 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you're 60 or older, speak with your CHI Memorial health care provider about whether the RSV vaccine is appropriate for you.