Are You Spreading Flu Germs Without Knowing It?

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By News Team on January 8, 2020

True or False? A person is contagious with flu before showing symptoms.

The answer is true.

Experts say you are contagious 12 to 24 hours before you begin to feel symptoms of the flu.

What's the best way to protect you and your family? Get the flu vaccine. 

Carilion Clinic offers the vaccine through your primary care provider, at any of our pharmacies or at any VelocityCare locations.

Carilion also holds free flu vaccine events throughout the season. 

And remember, in addition to getting a flu vaccine, stick to these flu-prevention habits:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cough into your sleeve

Curious about flu activity in Virginia? Check out Virginia Department of Health's surveillance tool.