Flu widespread in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of 25 states experiencing widespread flu activity as the season nears its peak.
Only ten states, including Louisiana, had widespread activity last week.
"Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, so we're still early on, and we're seeing a significant increase in the number of people with flu-like symptoms, so this is set up to be a pretty bad flu season," said Lee Montgomery, MD, the doctor at Louisiana Family Medicine on Perkins Rd.
Dr. Montgomery has seen nearly twice the number of patients experiencing flu-like symptoms as expected and about a third of those test positive with the flu. That's why he's urging people to get the flu shot to fight the aches and pain that come with the virus.
"A guy came in and said, 'I feel like I've been beaten by a baseball bat,' another guy came in and said, 'I feel like I've been run over by a truck,' severe aches and pains, fatigue, you feel awful, coughing, nausea, headache, you're pretty worthless for a couple of days," said Montgomery.
Doctors urge people with symptoms to schedule an appointment, because fighting the virus can be easier if treatment begins quickly.