Tips to Stay Healthy during the “Tripledemic”

December 6, 2022

As we move into December and indoor gatherings increase, experts warn about a worsening of the current “tripledemic” — the convergence of increased cases of influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

To help stay healthy this season, GW’s medical experts encourage community members to take the following precautions: 

  • Get the seasonal influenza vaccine.
  • Receive the bivalent COVID-19 booster.
  • Take advantage of GW’s free COVID-19 testing.
  • Wear face masks when traveling or when indoors with large groups of people.
  • Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms of illness to help prevent the spread of germs.


Influenza and Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Available

Students may get vaccinated against the flu during the GW Student Health Center’s walk-in hours this week.

Student Health Center
800 21st St., NW
Ground Floor
Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8: 2 - 4 p.m.

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) Pharmacy offers both the flu vaccine and the bivalent COVID-19 booster during business hours. Appointments are not required.

GW MFA Pharmacy
22nd & I Street, NW
Lobby Level
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The bivalent booster is also available at physicians' offices and drugstores. Find a vaccine location near you at

Free COVID-19 Testing
Free COVID-19 PCR testing is available daily to all GW community members. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of GW’s free COVID-19 testing prior to and upon return from travel, especially around Thanksgiving break as COVID-19 rates are expected to rise due to anticipated large gatherings.

To make an appointment, visit the medical portal. Instructions on how to schedule a test are available online.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you are away from campus, please upload your positive test results to the medical portal. Do not return to campus until you are out of isolation.

Wear Masks
Please remember that masks continue to be mandatory in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, as well as GW transportation services such as the Mount Vernon Express, VSTC Express and SafeRide.

Masks are optional but remain strongly recommended in all other university-owned or -operated facilities and contexts, especially when in crowded indoor spaces for extended periods of time.  N95 masks are still available for free to community members at GW’s test sites.