Get all of your recommended vaccines, including flu and COVID-19, to prevent you and others you care about from getting really sick. Flu, COVID-19, and other routine vaccines can reduce the risk of serious illness, especially for those most at risk, including young children, older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and those who are pregnant. The sooner you get your vaccines, the sooner you will be protected and the sooner you can help protect others.
Take everyday protective steps like covering coughs and sneezes (into a tissue), frequent handwashing, and staying home when you’re sick. When you are sick, take antiviral medications if prescribed by your doctor so you feel better, faster..
Talk with your health care provider about your or your child’s risk for severe RSV, the potential benefits of new RSV immunizations, and if the immunizations are covered by your insurance. Older adults are at greater risk for serious complications from RSV because our bodies weaken with age. Older adults with certain medical conditions may especially benefit from the RSV vaccine. A new RSV immunization can now help protect all babies younger than 8 months and other high-risk young children from the leading cause of hospitalization in the United States.
No health insurance? You can get low- and no-cost vaccines at some providers.Find a free vaccine provider for children near you. Uninsured and underinsured adults can find Bridge Access Program providers that give no-cost COVID-19 vaccines at vaccines.gov.
Important respiratory virus facts
Vaccines don’t just protect you and your loved ones. They also may reduce the strain on our hospitals and health care workers during the busy respiratory virus season.
Flu vaccines prevent millions of flu-related illnesses, doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and deaths each year.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs may be a treatment option. Antiviral drugs work best when started early, such as 1-2 days after your flu symptoms begin. Be sure to take them as prescribed for the greatest benefit and to feel better, faster.
An updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine gives you reinforced, targeted protection from the COVID-19 variants circulating right now.
If you’ve never been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can get an updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine at any time.
If you’ve been vaccinated in the past, you can get your updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine as early as two months after your most recent COVID-19 vaccine.
The new adult RSV vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of getting sick for people 60 years and older by about 80%.
The infant RSV immunization reduces the risk of severe RSV disease by about 80%.