Protect yourself from the flu

December 6, 2023 Swedish Health Team

In this article: 

  • Flu season brings an annual surge in respiratory infections. 
  • A few simple steps, including regular handwashing, staying hydrated and getting proper rest, can reduce our chances of getting the flu. 
  • Getting a flu shot is the most effective way we can protect ourselves and our families. 

Flu season is here, and along with it a surge in respiratory infections that include influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. This year there are vaccines available to help prevent the flu, COVID-19 and RSV. Experts hope that these shots will protect communities and avoid the "tripledemic" experienced during the fall and winter of 2022-2023. 

In this video, Swedish Respiratory Therapist Amber Christensen shares with us five tips that can help us avoid the flu and keep ourselves and our families healthy. 

Learn more and find a provider 

For more information or to schedule a vaccination appointment, contact your primary care provider, visit your local pharmacy or visit You can also find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you at the Washington State Department of Health’s Vaccine Finder site.

Whether you have concerns about your health, need to find a location to get a vaccination, or want to schedule a check-up, Swedish is here for you. We can accommodate both in-person and virtual visits. With Swedish Virtual Care, you can connect face-to-face with a nurse practitioner who can review your family and health history. To find a primary care practitioner or other specialist, use our provider directory

Join our Patient and Family Advisory Council

Related resources 

What vaccinations do you need to get this fall?

¿Qué vacunas necesita recibir este otoño?

RSV isn’t just a cold 

Swedish wants to help you get the care you need, when you need it

Hunker down at home with a cold or flu

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional’s instructions. 

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