CDC declares 'National Influenza Vaccination Week'
BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control has named the week of December 7-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week.
Louisiana continued to report a high number of flu cases this week, according to the CDC. State officials took time Wednesday to tell people about the importance of getting a flu vaccine.
"I think it's important for those of us who people keep up with, to talk about the importance of doing this because it's kind of a mundane thing and people may easily forget it and say I'm not going to worry about it. But it's very important for your health and well being and for that of your family," said Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.
East Baton Rouge Parish schools said they haven't seen an uptick in flu cases with students so far, but pediatrician Dr. Brian Despinasse II said he's treating dozens of patients a week for the flu.
"We have seen children miss lots of school. Because once they're diagnosed positive with the flu, it's going to be five days of therapy before they stop shedding virus," he said.
Despinasse also urged parents and children alike to get the vaccine because he said it can turn into an economic issue if they don't.
"The parents are missing work time... As a parent, if you're thinking 'No I don't want to get it,' it may save your job, it may save you time off, it may save you from taking your PTO or what have you," said Despinasse.
According to the CDC, Louisiana is still reporting a high number of flu cases.