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Fall and winter health safety precautions

As we head into the fall season, the DePaul Community Health Team wants to remind everyone about a few safety precautions to Take Care, DePaul.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.

According to the CDC, vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death, and the effects of long COVID. If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past two months, DePaul encourages you to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself this fall and winter.

Visit to find a vaccine provider near you. In many cases this will be your local pharmacy or doctor’s office. Navigate here for more information on vaccination in Chicago including options for those without insurance.

The federal government also recently announced that beginning September 25, every household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

In addition to COVID-19, there is also an increase in influenza and RSV cases during the fall and winter seasons. To help mitigate the risk of infection, please remember the following:

  • Stay up to date on your COVID-19 and influenza vaccines.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Practice good hygiene, including hand washing, to limit the spread of illnesses.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, follow all isolation guidance , including wearing a face mask.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider about all vaccines that may be appropriate for you; for example, RSV vaccination can help protect individuals over 60 years old. Learn more here .

Take Care, DePaul!

DePaul Community Health Team