The flu is a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. This flu season, it is likely that flu viruses will spread along with the newly emerged coronavirus. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to do everything possible to reduce the spread of flu.
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. It will not prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce the burden of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. Getting both the flu and COVID, one right after the other, can greatly impact your health and ability to recover.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu shot by the end of October. It will help reduce your chances of getting and spreading the flu. You can also help care for a loved one who may be at high risk of contracting the flu by helping make sure they get their flu shot, too. Look out for one another, Louisiana — and roll up your sleeves!
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