737 cases of swine flu confirmed in Louisiana
State health officials say at least 737 cases of the H1N1 virus known as swine flu have been confirmed in Louisiana this year.
As with the seasonal flu, many people who get sick need to stay home and take medicine for their coughs, achy muscles, fever, sore throat or nausea.
According to a fact sheet at state health department Web site, www.flula.com, people who have underlying medical conditions, women who are pregnant, or very young children should contact their doctor if they develop flu symptoms to see if they need further interventions or medications.
State officials are planning a mass vaccination drill in the coming weeks to prepare for the expected spread of the virus.