The flu virus is considered "widespread" in North Carolina according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NC region which includes the High Country has the third-highest flu rate in the state. It is important to know how you can assist in stopping the transmission of illnesses like flu and stomach viruses. 

Prevention is the key

It's not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the flu vaccine. Ask your primary care provider or go to AppUrgent Care Center

The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures. Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat, if you are having vomiting and diarrhea. 

  • Avoid sharing objects (examples: drinking glasses, utensils, etc.) 
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes (face) 
  • Get enough sleep and avoid getting "run down"
  • Reduce stress
  • Use tissues for coughs/sneezes and dispose of them immediately
  • Eat right and drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from people whom you know are ill
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with the frail, very young and elderly. Do not visit friends or family at hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. 
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school. 

Notify your physician if you are not feeling any better or if you are getting worse.

You can help 

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System asks the public to help us stop the spread of viruses. If you are sick or not feeling well, please refrain from visiting family or friends at our healthcare facilities.

ARHS Infection Control Precautions

We want to do everything we can to keep our patients safe from infection. While we encourage all ARHS employees to receive the influenza vaccine, some cannot for various reasons.  To ensure that our patients are protected, the members of our staff who cannot get the flu vaccine will be wearing masks while at work. Please do not be alarmed.