3 Steps to Fight the Flu
Step 1 – Get Your flu shot
- The flu vaccine protects against three or four different influenza viruses, depending on which vaccine you get.
- Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
- Vaccination is particularly important for people at high risk for serious flu-related complications and their close contacts. People at high risk include children younger than five, pregnant women, kids and adults with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease, and adults ages 65 and older.
The vaccine is being offered to the public at select locations. Please continue to check back on this page for availability. The following retail locations and public health-sponsored sites currently have the vaccine.
- Parish Public Health Units
- School Health Clinics
- Federally-Qualified Health Centers
- Rural Health Clinics
- Vaccine Locations
- Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccination
- Preventing Seasonal Flu with Vaccination
- Misconceptions about Seasonal Influenza and Influenza Vaccines
- Flu Vaccination Infographics
Step 2 – Take Everyday Preventive Actions Everyday Preventive Actions YOU Can Take to Help Prevent the Spread of Flu:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after you use it.
- Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.
- If you get the flu, stay home from work or school. If you are sick, do not go near other people so that you don't make them sick too.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
- These actions can help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory viruses during cold and flu season.
Step 3 – Listen for Official Guidance from Public Health Review the following content from your public health officials: