Flu Information

Flu 2020-2021: It’s time to roll up our sleeves, Louisiana!

Getting a flu shot is easy, quick and low-cost.

  • Flu season is starting in Louisiana. It’s time to get the flu shot to cut your chances of getting and spreading the flu. You can also help care for a loved one who may be at high risk of getting the flu by helping make sure they get their flu shot, too.
  • A yearly flu shot is the first and most vital step in protecting against flu viruses. Getting a flu shot this flu season will be more vital than ever.
  • Flu shots will not stop COVID-19, but they will cut the burden of flu sickness, hospital stay and deaths. Getting both the flu and COVID, one right after the other, can greatly impact your health and ability to get better.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu shot by the end of this month. That’s because it can take some time for your body to notice and react to the shot.
  • Flu shots can cut flu sickness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as stop grim flu drawbacks that can result in a hospital stay and even death.
  • Getting both the flu and COVID, one right after the other, can greatly impact your health and ability to get better.
  • Getting a flu shot has never been simpler. You can get your flu shot at your local drugstore or doctor’s office. Starting in a couple of weeks, the office of public health will be holding its yearly flu shot clinics across the state. These will be no cost.
  • The flu shot not only protects you, but it also can help protect those around you.
  • Flu shots are mainly vital for people who are at high risk of having heavy drawbacks from the flu, such as children younger than 5, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma.
  • The good news is that the everyday blocking actions to stop the spread of the flu are the same as those that we’ve been asking you to take to stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • Stay away from close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you are sick, stay home and limit contact with others as much as you can to keep from infecting them.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not on hand, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Try not to  touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu

Flu Facts

Flu Incidence

  • Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and often peaks between December and February.
  • With holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly coming, now is the time to get your flu shot. People tend to spend more time indoors during the winter holidays, which makes it much easier to spread the flu.

Flu Impact

  • Last year in Louisiana, the flu was linked to more than 15,000 hospital stays, more than 1,600 deaths, and 5 pediatric deaths all due to the flu.
  • The flu is very serious in long-term care facilities (nursing homes). Harsh and even deadly sickness can be introduced by healthcare workers, guests, and newly admitted residents.
  • The flu has a huge impact on school children and on the households of school children. An predicted 28% of school-aged children get the flu each year, and about on

For Further Facts

  • Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm for weekly FluView updates from the CDC.
  • For Louisiana-specific tips, visit the LDH “Fight the Flu LA” webpage for great facts and support and to see weekly flu activity write ups and much more.