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Seasonal Respiratory Illness Vaccine Toolkit: Influenza, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus


Influenza or flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can lead to hospitalization or death. A yearly flu vaccination is the best way to lower your risk of getting sick from the flu. Getting vaccinated reduces doctors’ visits, missed work or school, and flu-related hospitalizations.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also expects COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, to spread this fall and winter. These diseases are highly contagious and serious, especially for people who are at higher risk. Staying up to date on recommended vaccines, everyday actions like handwashing, and medication prescribed by your doctor can protect you and help stop the spread of viruses.

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Influenza (Flu) Vaccine


How the Flu Spreads:


Preventing the Flu:


How Effective is the Flu Vaccine?


The Flu Vaccine for Pregnant People



COVID-19 Vaccines


Respiratory Syncytial Virus



High-Risk Groups

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Other Preventive Actions

Everyday preventive actions can reduce the spread of: Flu, COVID-19, and RSV

“Here’s your daily checklist of how you can prevent the spread of flu, COVID-19, and RSV: avoid sick people; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands often with soap and water (use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water aren’t available); avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and clean and disinfect high-touch ...

Oct 26, 2023


Immune systems weaken with age putting older adults at greater risk for serious complications for RSV. RSV vaccine protects adults aged 60 years and older.

“Immune systems weaken with age putting older adults at greater risk for serious complications from RSV. RSV vaccine protects adults aged 60 years and older. #RSV #StopTheSpread”

Oct 26, 2023

High-Risk Groups

Those at higher risk of illness from Respiratory viruses include; older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant people, infants, and young children.

“Respiratory viruses can affect anyone, but those at higher risk should take extra precaution by getting vaccinated against flu, COVID-19, and RSV to prevent hospitalization and developing serious complications. #Flu #StopTheSpread #COVID19 #RSV”

Oct 26, 2023

Benefits of Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccination reduces your chance of getting the flu.

“Flu vaccination offers many benefits. Reduce your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and life-threatening complications all with one vaccine. For information on TRICARE coverage and where to go to receive the flu vaccine visit: #Flu #StopTheSpread”

Last Updated: March 25, 2024
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