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  • Respiratory Illness

    Protect against flu, RSV, and COVID-19.

    You’re more likely to get very sick if you’re:

    • 5 or younger.
    • 65 or older.
    • Pregnant.
    • Living with a health condition, like lung disease, heart disease, or weakened immune system.

    Use these healthy habits to protect yourself and those around you.

    • Get vaccinated.
      • Everyone 6 months or older should get flu and COVID 19 vaccine.
      • People 60 or older can get RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine.
      • Pregnant? Get RSV vaccine at 32–36 weeks or baby should get RSV protection at birth.
    • Wash your hands.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Stay home when you’re sick.
    • Avoid places where people are sick.

    Learn what do when you’re sick with:

    Have a young child?

    Each year in the United States, 58,000–80,000 children 5 or younger are hospitalized with RSV.

    65 or older?

    You’re at higher risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.


    If you get the flu, your risk for preterm birth increases.

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    Have heart failure?

    You’re 8 times more likely to be hospitalized with RSV.