Sleeves Up. Masks On.

This is not the year to skip your flu shot. We now have more than one virus to worry about.

Fortunately, one has a vaccine. Do your part to protect yourself, your family and your community from the seasonal flu – get vaccinated.

In addition to receiving a flu vaccine, please continue to wear a mask when out in public – it helps prevent the spread of flu and COVID-19. Your health – and the health of your loved ones – depend on it.

Vidant Health continues to be committed to improving the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. Providing flu vaccinations and COVID-19 testing to the communities we serve in this unprecedented time is one of the many ways we strive to reach our mission. Click the links below for information on our drive-up flu clinics and COVID-19 testing locations in a number of counties throughout the East.

If you have questions about receiving a flu vaccine or need general COVID-19 information, please call our

helpline:

Join the fight against COVID-19.

Vidant is joining with other health systems across the state and nation to partner with researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health on a COVID-19 Community Research Partnership. The goal of this study is to help the medical community better understand the pandemic and regional infection patterns in an effort to develop strategies and treatments. Anyone age 18 or older can participate in the study. Join the Fight – For You, For Me, For All.

Give Us A Call

Get answers to your health questions or concerns by calling our free COVID-19 helpline at 252-847-8000.

Virtual Care Visit

Speak to a physician using your phone, computer, or tablet. No more than $20 with the code vidantrelief20.

Protect Yourself.
Protect Your Community.

Here are some COVID-19 health tips, community stories, and more help for you and your family. 

What Are COVID-19 Symptoms?

What Are COVID-19 Symptoms?

Everyone’s experience is different. Key COVID-19 symptoms can include: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Change in smell or taste

Is it Allergies, Flu, or
COVID-19?

Is it Allergies, Flu, or COVID-19?

COVID-19 is different from the flu – many people do not feel nauseous. COVID-19 is different from pollen or seasonal allergies – many people have a fever. Call our free community helpline at
252-847-8000 for questions, concerns or symptoms regarding COVID-19.

How Serious is COVID-19?

How Serious is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is serious, but it is not always deadly. Eating well, exercising, and getting to bed early can help your body fight COVID-19. Taking steps as soon as you feel ill can help you and your loved ones. So don’t be afraid to say something or ask for help. We’re in this together.

Am I At Higher Risk?

Am I At Higher Risk?

Some people with pre-existing conditions are at higher risk for COVID-19. A pre-existing condition is a diagnosis or medical need that you have spoken to your doctor about in the past.

You are at higher risk for COVID-19 if you fall into any of these categories: 

  • Older than 65
  • Overweight
  • Diabetic
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have heart, kidney, or liver disease
  • Have asthma or COPD
  • Are HIV+
  • Have had cancer

What is Virtual Care and Is It Expensive?

What is Virtual Care and Is It Expensive?

Virtual care is a doctor’s visit using your phone, computer, or tablet. Virtual care keeps you and your doctor at a safe distance while getting you the answers you need quickly. At VidantNow, use the code vidantrelief20 to reduce your virtual care visit to no more than $20.

What if I Get COVID-19?

What if I Get COVID-19?

COVID-19 is different for everyone. Some describe it as a roller coaster – you may feel ok one day and terrible the next, so it is important to isolate for the full 2 weeks after a diagnosis, feeling sick, or having symptoms. Remember: you don’t have to have symptoms to spread COVID-19. Your best defense against spreading the virus is by staying at home. 

Is Coronavirus New?

Is Coronavirus New?

Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses and actually are not new. We’ve seen Coronaviruses before – just never like this. The name, COVID-19, is an abbreviation for Coronavirus Disease – 2019: COronaVIrus Disease the number 19 is because it was first identified in the year 2019.

How Do I Social Distance When I Return to Work?

How Do I Social Distance When I Return to Work?

The steps you take to protect yourself and your family each day also apply to when you are at work. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds or more. Disinfect highly touched areas often. Wear a homemade or purchased mask and/or gloves.

What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?

What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?

Cleaning removes germs, disinfecting with bleach kills germs. You need to do both every day, especially for high touch items like door handles, remotes, phones, bathroom faucets. Here is a list of approved cleaning and disinfecting tools.

Why Should I Stay Home?

Why Should I Stay Home?

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 is to stay home – even if the restrictions change. You and your family are safer at home. Staying home helps to stop the spread of the virus. If you do need to leave your home, stay 6 feet apart from others, avoid all large groups or gatherings, and wash your hands often.

How Do I Protect Myself?

How Do I Protect Myself?

Here are a few steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Distance or isolate yourself from others who are sick or if you do not feel well
  • Use a tissue – or your elbow – when you cough or sneeze, then wash your hands immediately after
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch everyday
  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have a cough or fever before leaving your home
  • Wear a mask and/or gloves outside your home
  • Wash items often in warm water, including toys, clothes, and towels

What if I Start to Feel Sick?

What if I Start to Feel Sick?

The most important thing to do if you start to feel sick is to stay home from work and separate from other family members. If you are not feeling well, or you think you have been exposed to the virus, call your primary care physician, local immediate/urgent care, or our free COVID-19 community helpline at
252-847-8000. Using virtual care visits such as VidantNow
can also connect you with a physician quickly and costs no more than $20 with the code vidantrelief20.

But, I Feel Fine...

But, I Feel Fine...

COVID-19 spreads quickly and easily – you don’t have to have symptoms to spread the virus. The best way to stop the spread is to stay at home.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention?

When Should I Seek Medical Attention?

Fever and dry cough are some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, and by themselves, don’t usually require medical attention. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately:

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in your chest
  • New confusion or inability to stand
  • Bluish lips or face
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