EBR residents encouraged to 'fight the flu'
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President "Kip" Holden and representatives from Baton Rouge area hospitals held a press conference Wednesday morning in an effort to encourage East Baton Rouge residents to "fight the flu".
Speakers from Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General, Woman's Hospital and Ochsner Baton Rouge were all in attendance and sought to remind the public about the seriousness of the flu. According to health officials, the flu can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death, and each year about 36,000 people die and 226,000 are hospitalized in the nation due to the illness.
Health officials encouraged all EBR residents to get a flu vaccine this season in order to reduce the chances of getting the flu and spreading it to family and co-workers. Local hospitals are making a special effort this flu season to make sure all of their employees have received the vaccine.
Information about the flu vaccine and where to get it can be found on the Louisiana DHH's flu vaccine information website.