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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Daily World: “Just bite the bullet; get the shot”

Friday, January 28, 2011  |  Contact: Media & Communications: Phone: 225.342.1532, E-mail: dhhinfo@la.gov

"Just bite the bullet; get the shot"
The Daily World

January 28, 2011

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news wasn't good, but it wasn't entirely unexpected this time of year. The CDC has classified Louisiana as having a "widespread" prevalence of flu, which is as far as the federal agency will go without declaring an epidemic outright.

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Luckily, we have an easily available way to protect ourselves - the flu shot. Except for specific and narrowly defined classes of people, we should all take advantage of the opportunity to protect ourselves, particularly if the well-being of others depends on us.

Dr. Frank Welch, who runs the state's immunization program, provides this description of the real deal:

"A cold creeps up on you, and the flu pounces. Flu comes on suddenly and hits you like a brick. You're fine one minute, but four hours later you're very sick and should be in bed."

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You can get the vaccine at many clinics and doctor's offices, and at Louisiana's parish health units. Some employers also offer them - a good idea in workplaces where absenteeism means lost productivity.

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Elementary precautions and the proven preventive power of vaccine can keep you and those around you healthy during this flu season.