Louisiana DHH says flu rates on the rise

Louisiana DHH says flu rates on the rise

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals reports the number of flu cases are on the rise.

Doctors say it isn't too late to get that flu vaccine. The DHH says from the beginning of November to the end of February, the number of people seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms nearly doubled, with the percentage of flu tests coming up positive drastically increasing as well.

"We must protect our families and our communities by getting the flu shot," DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah E. Gee said. "This illness that takes so many lives is preventable. It is crucial to get vaccinated and stop the spread of the flu."

The Center for Disease Control says this year's version of the flu vaccine is 60% effective. Flu shots are available in the community, including at DHH parish health units. Information on where to get vaccinated is available at fighttheflu.la.gov.

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