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Louisiana: Highest number of flu cases this season

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The CDC gathered statistics from this flu season, ranking Louisiana with the highest number of flu cases this year.

All three Lafayette General Urgent Care locations have tripled the number of patients they have seen over the last two months. 

Nurses are urging those who have the flu to stay home for the five to seven days they are contagious, to avoid spreading the illness to others.

Most cases in Louisiana this season have been Influenza and Strep Throat combined. Nurses said they have seen an increase in flu diagnosis, but people are still going out holiday shopping, to school and to work. Going out while contagious causes the spread of germs. 

General tips to combat the virus include washing hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze and cough, and staying hydrated.

If you feel flu-like symptoms, go to your local doctor or urgent care for a checkup. 

For a list of Influenza activity, visit the CDC website here.

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