Louisiana's flu season among the worst in U.S. right now
Louisiana and South Carolina have the most flu activity in the country, the CDC said Friday.
The big picture: Flu cases in the state are surging for the fourth week in a row, CDC data shows, resulting in more hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
- Louisiana's flu positivity rate is about twice the national average, according to the state Department of Health.
By the numbers: Acadiana and the river parishes have the most activity as of Nov. 25 numbers from LDH.
- Metro New Orleans, including the North Shore, also has very high activity, the data shows.
Be smart: Get vaccinated and take precautions so you don't catch the flu for Christmas.
- Stay home if you're sick, and wash your hands.
Zoom in: This year's flu vaccine includes the strains that are circulating right now, Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at LSU Health New Orleans, tells Fox 8.
Zoom out: Louisiana also is seeing an increase in hospitalizations for RSV and COVID cases, according to LDH data.
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