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Flu in Virginia is widespread

NORFOLK, VA (January 18, 2011) – It's not too late to get your flu shot this year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting flu as widespread in Virginia but in Hampton Roads, we're just getting started.

Current patients of Sentara Medical Group can call their doctor's office to make an appointment and Sentara Urgent Care Centers are taking walk-ins.

About Flu
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses, and it is spread mainly when droplets become airborne from coughs or sneezes. Less often, people can get the flu by touching surfaces where these droplets have landed and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose. Sentara offers these simple everyday actions to stay healthy this flu season.

Tips for Staying Healthy

Get vaccinated.
The best prevention from flu is vaccination. For the first time this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine. This year's flu vaccine protects against 2009 H1N1 and two other flu viruses.

Don't touch your face (lips/nose/eyes). Wash your hands or use alcohol based hand cleansers to keep hands free of germs.

Cover your cough. Use tissues to cover your nose and mouth, if you sneeze or cough. Put tissues immediately into the trash.

Go home and stay home. Flu is highly contagious, so go home and stay home when sick.

Stock the pantry. Stock up now on essentials like soups, canned fruit, juices, and medicines, so you can stay home when sick.

Related Links:
Flu Updates
Sentara Medical Group
Sentara Urgent Care Centers

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