February 11, 2011
BATON ROUGE —Louisiana’s flu activity has spiked in recent weeks and continues to be widespread. According to the state’s most recent influenza surveillance data, flu symptoms accounted for more than 20 percent of the state’s doctor visits last week, up from 12 percent the previous week.
January 21, 2011
“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. Vaccines are the best preventive measure we have to help fight the spread of this illness, and we encourage everyone to get their seasonal flu shot to help protect not only themselves, but their families and friends as well.”