As summer comes to an end and fall and winter approach, respiratory illnesses are also headed our way. There are three well-known respiratory viruses that spread more during this season as well as common cold viruses:
The new respiratory season began on Oct. 1 and cases of flu, RSV, and COVID-19 are likely to begin increasing over the next few weeks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s new forecasting site is predicting this upcoming respiratory virus season will have similar numbers as last season, with higher than normal numbers of flu and RSV.
The good news is there are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones against respiratory viruses.
One of the most effective ways you can protect yourself is to get vaccinated. There are updated vaccines available for all three respiratory virus illnesses for the 2023 to 2024 year.
Call ahead to your health care provider or local pharmacy to ensure they have the flu and latest COVID-19 vaccine in stock. For RSV vaccines for adults, please make an appointment with your health care provider.
More ways you can stay healthy this season:
- Stay up to date on vaccinations.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.