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State of Louisiana to hold free flu vaccination event Wed. Jan 31

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The State of Louisiana will hold a day of free flu vaccinations tomorrow, Wednesday, January 31 at health units across the state for those who have not yet been vaccinated. Several locations will be opened during the day from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Officials say that there is no cost to get the flu shot and that vaccinations are open to the public. Walk-ups are welcomed. 

Those who have private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare are asked to bring their cards. Wear loose clothing if you are planning to get your shot.

Locations:

Acadia: 1029 Capitol Ave., Crowley, LA 70526

Evangeline: 1010 W. LaSalle St., Ville Platte, LA 70586

Iberia: 715-B Weldon St., New Iberia, LA 70560

Lafayette: 220 W. Willow St., Bldg. A, Lafayette, LA 70501

St. Landry: 308 W. Bloch St., Opelousas, LA 70750

St. Martin: 303 W. Port St., St. Martinville, LA 70582

Vermilion: 2501 Charity St., Abbeville, LA 70510

Cases of death due to complications of the flu have been reported in recent weeks across the U.S. 

WBRZ reported this morning, January 30, that a 21-year old woman had reportedly died after being hospitalized with the flu, although the coroner's office did not confirm her exact cause of death.

Last week, KATC reported on the death of a longtime kindergarten teacher at Magnolia Elementary in Iberia Parish, Robin Dressel. According to Superintendent Dale Henderson, it was believed that Dressel died of complications from the flu and pneumonia.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says that Louisiana is on track to meet or exceed the expected 700 deaths and 8,000 hospitalizations for the current flu season.

The state will issue free flu vaccines as part of their attempt to combat the rate of infections. To check on locations where you can get vaccinated, click here. 

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