Flu activity still on the rise in Louisiana

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Posted: Feb 11, 2011 3:11 PM by Russell Jones
Source: La. Department of Health and Hospitals

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BATON ROUGE – Flu activity has recently spiked in Louisiana, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals.

Flu symptoms made up 20-percent of all doctor visits in the state last week, up from 12-percent the previous week. The most activity was in north and central Louisiana, as well as the Baton Rouge Metro area.

Because of the increase DHH is encouraging people that haven’t received flu shots already to get one, and get them for their families.

“It’s not too late to vaccinate,” said Dr. Frank Welch, director of the state’s immunization program. “The flu shot only takes a few days to be effective, and people are usually protected completely within 7-to-10 days of getting the flu vaccine.”

For more information on flu activity by region in Louisiana and to find out how you can avoid being ill, visit DHH’s flu website.

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