The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses, and it is spread mainly by airborne droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Less often, people can get the flu by touching surfaces where these droplets have landed and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting your vaccine, also known as the flu shot. Getting the flu shot not only protects you from contracting the flu, but it also may help avoid spreading it to others.
Need a flu shot?
If you are a current patient of Sentara Medical Group, simply call your doctor’s office to make an appointment to get your flu shot today. Not a current Sentara Medical Group patient? Visit any Sentara Urgent Care location to receive your flu shot.
Think you may have the flu?
- If you are new to Sentara Medical Group or need a new physician, request an appointment.
- Visit a Sentara Urgent Care location near you.
- Dread the thought of waiting to see a doctor? Fight the flu with the convenience of a doctor available 24/7 wherever you are. Schedule a virtual appointment with a board-certified physician from Sentara MDLIVE.
Important Flu Resources
American Lung Association