Monday, January 22, 2018

If you have the flu, get the right care

Call your doctor before going to an emergency room

Author: Parham Jaberi, MD, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health

It is always important to access the appropriate level of care for illness or injury.  With Louisiana, along with almost all other states, having an unusually high number of flu cases, knowing where to go for the right care is vitally important.

Your choices are your doctor’s office or a community clinic, an urgent care center, or a hospital emergency room.  Your goal is to get well as quick as possible.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Louisiana Reports Widespread Flu Activity throughout the State; Department of Health Offers Tips to Minimize the Spread of the Flu

Author: Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer, Louisiana Department of Health

Louisiana is seeing widespread and early flu activity. According to the CDC, Louisiana is among the states with the highest confirmed illness through symptoms and laboratory surveillance.  

In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations each year. In Louisiana and we are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the current flu season.

The Louisiana Department of Health offers these reminders to help keep people from spreading the flu: