Protect your family from COVID-19 and influenza (flu) this holiday season

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) encourages all San Franciscans to prepare for the upcoming holiday season by taking simple measures to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 and influenza (flu): 

Get your booster and flu shot 

With the holidays approaching, and now is the best time to get the COVID-19 bivalent booster and flu vaccine for maximum protection as we gather to celebrate. 

Learn how you can get the COVID booster and flu vaccine

See a doctor if you get sick

If you get sick, see a doctor. 

Please note: parents and caregivers are not required to provide doctor’s notes to clear their children for return to school due to respiratory infections.

Keep COVID tests on hand 

Using COVID-19 rapid test kits can help prevent and manage illness while reducing the spread of viruses to loved ones and others. 

People with insurance are able to get at-home tests for free or be reimbursed. Check your insurance company’s website to see how to get tests by pickup or reimbursement. 

Free and low cost tests are also available at pharmacies and community based sites

Learn more about your COVID-19 testing options

Wear a mask in crowded, indoor spaces 

Keep a well-fitted mask on hand for crowded, indoor spaces (N95, KN95, KF94 are best). 

Masks are good to wear as protection against getting or spreading COVID whenever:

Masks help stop the spread of the virus. They protect individuals, the medically vulnerable, and those unable to get vaccinated, like young children.

Wearing a well-fitted mask, getting vaccinated, and avoiding crowded indoors spaces can help prevent people from getting very sick or dying.  These tools can also lower the risk of long COVID.

They are the safest choice in indoor public settings and in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.

People may choose to wear masks, even when they are not required. Respect the choices others make for their health.