Louisiana has the worst flu rates in the country

Jim Hanzo
December 05, 2017 - 8:55 am

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reports this year's flu is hitting Louisiana hard.  In fact, Louisiana is one of the worst states, right now, when it comes to getting the flu.

"It's terrible," says Dr. Frank Welch, Medical Director for Immunizations for Louisiana, who says it is widespread throughout the bayou state. 

"We are the absolute worst in the country, right now.  We have very, very high flu rates and that's brand new from last week.  Just about 1 out of every 20 emergency room visits or doctor room visits in the state of Louisiana is for flu like symptoms."  

Welch says the flu-like activity is high.  He also says it seems to be coming earlier this year,  where as normally it hits in February

"The only thing you can predict about the flu is that it's unpredictable," Welch said.   "But this does seem early for us.  Usually we get going in February, March, so yes, this is an early flu season for Louisiana."   

Welch says we should wash our hands, cover our cough, stay away from sick people and if you're feeling bad, stay home and don't infect others.  He said it's absolutely not too late to get that flu shot, and that will help.  

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