Posted: Feb 7, 2014 4:48 PM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said two more children's deaths due to the flu were reported this week, bringing the total number of recorded pediatric deaths to four this flu season.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Hospitals said one of the deaths happened in early January and was just reported to DHH this week. They said the latest deaths were reported in southeast and southwest Louisiana.
DHH said since October 2013 labs confirmed 23 deaths statewide from flu, but cautioned that the actual death toll was likely much higher since not all deaths caused by the flu are directly tied to it. The CDC estimates Louisiana could have seen 600 deaths statewide because of the flu this season.
According to the state's most recent data, flu symptoms accounted for about four percent of the state's doctor visits last week. The state's seasonal flu activity is most prevalent in North and Central Louisiana.
Health officials still encouraged people to get a flu shot if they haven't already. More information about the flu can be found on DHH's website.