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San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) encourages San Franciscans to prepare for the upcoming holiday season by taking simple measures to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 and influenza (flu).
This winter could bring a resurgence in influenza cases, and COVID-19 cases, now low, will likely increase as people travel and gather indoors. San Franciscans are encouraged to prepare by getting their COVID-19 bivalent booster, annual flu vaccine, and connecting to a health care provider to learn if you are eligible for COVID-19 treatments. Additionally, keeping items on hand such as masks and COVID-19 rapid test kits that can help prevent and manage illness while reducing the spread of viruses to loved ones and others.
“We know how important it is for people to celebrate the holidays together. We are so fortunate that this year we have vaccines to cover nearly all ages, and new boosters that are more protective against the dominant strains of virus,” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Susan Philip. “Getting your COVID-19 bivalent booster is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. And we encourage people to take care of themselves in other ways, so they are prepared if they get sick.”