Protection from the COVID-19 Virus
With the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there are basic precautions to prevent getting sick.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Possible symptoms include*:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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How to Protect Yourself and Others -CDC
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to those 6 months and older. The vaccine will help keep you from getting COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness, from COVID-19.
- Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of the COVID-19 vaccination on the severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Some children may have mild and temporary side effects after COVID-19 vaccination.
- Children receive a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults, based on age, not size or weight.
- Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated for added protection.
- Children can safely receive other vaccines the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay up to date!
Routine vaccination is an important preventive care service that should not be delayed.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy:
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or might become pregnant in the future. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause problems with becoming pregnant.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant can protect you from getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, COVID-19 vaccination builds antibodies that can transfer to and help protect your baby. Ask your healthcare provider about the COVID-19 vaccine.
General InformationCDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Texas Department of State Health Services: COVID-19 information
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy