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Flu deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Jan 15, 2014 4:22 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 15, 2014 6:52 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: flu, h1n1, influenza, our lady of the lake, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- The number of people dying from the flu is on the rise in Baton Rouge.

A representative from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital said since mid-December, they've treated more than 200 cases of the flu each week. During that time, about 10 people died.

Statewide there have been 30 confirmed deaths due to the flu. The Centers for Disease Control estimates the number could actually be around 350 so far this season in Louisiana. They use estimates because flu deaths are difficult to track, and can be caused by other conditions made worse or brought on by the flu.

Doctors say it's still not too late to get the flu vaccine.

"The most important thing is get your vaccine. If you get your vaccine, you decrease your illness with the flu. The vaccine is not a wall. You may still get the flu but your illness may be less severe and you'll more likely live from the flu," said OLOL doctor, Catherine O'Neal.

The most dangerous strain of the flu this season is H1N1, which the current vaccine does cover.

Doctors said this flu season could run well into March.

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