Free flu shots extended in Louisiana

Free flu shots extended in Louisiana

The state Health Department says three children in Louisiana died of the flu so far this season.

Through Wednesday, Dallas County Health and Human Services had already reported 67 flu-related deaths, up from 17 for the 2016-17 season.

Last week marked the first decline in flu deaths since the week ending February 3, when there were 39 confirmed fatalities, the deadliest week of the state's current flu season.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting a sharp increase in cases of the flu and deaths caused by the virus.

"As more and more people in our community come down with the flu, unfortunately the number of those who succumb to the virus also continues to rise", Public Health Director Robert Resendes said in a statement. "Even if the vaccine is not fully effective it can offfer some protection", Morrow said. "With those record numbers, it" s important that we get people vaccinated so we can really stop the spread", he said. "We urge everyone who has not received a flu shot yet, to get one now".

Tibet: Fire reported at sacred Jokhang Monastery
China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since Chinese troops marched in in 1950, in what Beijing terms a "peaceful liberation". Barnett said he received calls from distraught Tibetans mourning the apparent destruction of one of their most sacred sites.

In an effort to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths, health departments statewide are offering flu vaccinations at no cost to recipients at all county health department sites.

And experts say it's still worth getting a flu shot. Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the local county health department for clinic times.

According to the latest flu report released on Friday, 195 Hoosiers have died this season. This year, vaccines are preventing 36 percent of illnesses, the report said.

Doctors warn we may not have reached peak season yet and encourage everyone to continue to practice good hand-washing habits. It's being sponsored by the Bristol Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health. The strains that are circulation have shifted, so you could get a different strain and end up sick twice in one season.

You must be at least 18 years of age to get a free shot but you do not need an appointment.

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