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Coronavirus and You
Protect yourself from what is here and now
Many people likely grew a little nervous after hearing that the new coronavirus had spread for the first time within the United States. But we have one simple message: keep doing what you're doing to stay healthy.
VA is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, named COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus. Doctors first identified the virus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The CDC is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), other government agencies, along with state and local officials to respond to this emerging public health threat.
Get ahead of it
Even though there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, here are a few practical ideas to protect yourself and your loved ones:
Call your VA Medical Center if you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have recently returned from China or have been exposed to others diagnosed.
Keep an eye on COVID-19, but remember the flu
There have been at least 22 million flu cases so far this season nationwide, with 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 flu deaths.
What's important to remember is that anyone can get the flu. But you are more likely to become infected if you:
Have a weakened immune system
Have frequent, close contact with young children
Work in a health care setting where you may be exposed to flu germs
Live or work with someone who has the flu
Haven't received an annual flu shot
Get your flu shot
Vaccination is the surest way to protect against getting the flu. Finding a place to get your flu vaccine is easier than you think. Veterans who are receiving VA health care can get the flu shot at a nearby VA health care facility. Veterans can also receive their flu shot at Walgreens, and the information will be automatically added to your VA health records. Learn more about VA's partnership with Walgreens. If you have non-VA health care providers, you can learn where to get your flu shot from the CDC's Flu Vaccine Finder.
VA Influenza Self-Assessment Tool
Coronavirus: Prevention and Treatment (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Travel Health Notices (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Updated March 25, 2020