LDH Shares Health Advisory Regarding Flu Season
Louisiana is seeing a busy and early flu season, with the majority of the viruses being the more severe influenza A strains. Below are some helpful tips from Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer with the Louisiana Department of Health.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Especially if you have cold symptoms or have fever greater than 100.3. Stay away from others until you have not had symptoms for 24 hours.
- Call your doctor immediately to see if an antiviral medication is appropriate for you.
- If you are sick, do not visit vulnerable loved ones who may be receiving care in a hospital, nursing home, cancer center, or other setting.
- If you are sick, do not kiss babies, pregnant women, grandparents, and others who may be at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- It’s not too late to get a flu shot.
If you have questions, please contact the Louisiana Department of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section at 1-800-256-2748.