Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Releases Health Alert

High Country families, please note flu season is upon us! With public schools, colleges and universities coming back into session, it is important to know how you can assist in stopping the transmission of illnesses like flu and stomach viruses.


Prevention is the key

The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures: getting flu vaccine, 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.