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It's flu shot time, DHH encourages you face the needle

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

Louisiana Department Health and Hospitals wants you to make sure you keep the flu at bay.

"You'll be Thankful You got Your Flu Shot," DHH's flu shot campaign, kicked off statewide Wednesday morning. DHH encourages you to get the vaccine, even if Louisiana's flu season doesn't really get started until January. Doctors say getting the shot and protecting yourself from the virus also protects others who can't get it, like the sick and some children. If you don't have health insurance, DHH says try a pharmacy or your local health unit.

"We also at public health offer it for just $10. Of course, we don't turn away anyone if they cannot pay," Dr. Martha Whyte said. "So, if you don't have a way to pay, we'll still vaccinate you at any of your local health units."

DHH says the flu isn't something to ignore. It's estimated 200,000 Americans are hospitalized because of the flu each year, 36,000 actually die.

 

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