Sentara Healthcare Strongly Recommends

Masks When Visiting or Seeking Care at Sentara Facilities

Influenza, (the flu) is a serious and highly contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. ANYONE can get sick from the flu.

 In an effort to honor our number one commitment to always keep our patients, employees, visitors safe, and because the number of flu cases in Virginia and the region are at the highest level defined by the Virginia Department of Health, Sentara Healthcare is strongly recommending that patients and visitors wear masks when seeking care and/or visiting Sentara hospitals, urgent care centers, free standing emergency departments, primary care physician offices and outpatient service centers at Sentara hospitals in all regions of Virginia.

This policy is effective beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Although vaccines are the best protection against the flu, they are not 100% effective. Wearing a mask and will provide added protection for patients, visitors and staff from exposure to flu, even before symptoms occur. Protect your family from the flu by getting yourself vaccinated. A flu vaccine reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones.

If you have not taken the flu vaccination, it’s not too late. Get vaccinated now.

It takes approximately two weeks before the vaccination provides protection so now is a great time to get vaccinated.

Get more seasonal flu information.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself, your family, co-workers, patients and others.