A message from DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health.
During the fall and winter it is common to get sick from respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus. There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others. Learn more about these viruses and how to prevent them.
Department of Health offers regular updates on flu activity in Washington. Don’t forget to get a flu vaccine this season, go to Vaccines.gov to find out where you can get a flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.
Effective prevention strategies for respiratory viruses include:
- Using face masks.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Practicing cough etiquette.
- Cleaning your hands.
- Cleaning and disinfecting regularly.
- Getting vaccinated.
Care providers can find information on flu and pneumonia in DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration Care Provider Bulletin. The online publication includes:
- Groups at increased risk.
- Prevention tips.
- Warning signs – when to seek medical attention.