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Flu Season Hits Acadiana Hard

Flu season is here.

“We can’t predict what’s going to happen the rest of the year but people do need to be aware the flu is circulating in this community,” Dr. Tina Stefanski, the director of the regional state office of Health, says.

The CDC’s most recent flu report found Louisiana to be one of six states with widespread flu activity. The bad news? Acadiana looks like ground zero. Walgreens’ flu index finds flu activity highest in the nation right here in Lafayette. The worse news? Doctors say now’s the time even more germs could be spreading.

“We have the holidays coming up. People are going to be in even more crowded situations than they are now, so it’s the time to get your flu vaccination if you haven’t already,” Dr. Stefanski says.

The flu vaccine is your best hope for fending off the flu, but it’s not always 100 percent effective.

“Usually people who have been previously vaccinated will have a shorter course and a milder case of the flu, and actually the vaccine can help to prevent hospitalizations and more severe illnesses,” Dr. Stefanski says.

That’s especially important with the flu so rampant right now. You’ll likely spend HOURS in the waiting room to see any local doctors. Lourde’s is warning its patients ahead of time. The hospital’s urgent care clinic passed out a notice to patients Friday that their wait time could reach three hours.

Dr. Stefanski says you should also steer clear of any friends or coworkers who are sick, wash your hands often and try to avoid touching your face to keep those flu germs at bay.

Walgreens Flu Index:

CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Report: