Louisiana was hit hard by the flu this past season, and thousands of residents had the flu or flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the virus is spread when infected people around you talk, sneeze or cough and unknowingly spray tiny droplets into the air. The best way to protect yourself is to take steps to prevent the flu, and the first step is to get a flu shot.

When should you get one?

Flu season usually starts around October and is most often worse in the winter months. So it’s smart to get your flu shot as early as possible—meaning now! Talk to your doctor about getting the shot, or visit your neighborhood pharmacy. There’s no cost, and you’re better protected
when you do!