State officials say the flu season is ramping up, even though it has had a slow start in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals show only a small number of cases, about seven percent, as of early February. However, they say that number could spike before the season ends.

Officials with Minden Medical Center offer ways people can protect themselves from getting the flu and prevent its spread.

The very first, and most important thing, they say, is to get the flu shot.

“This is the best available form of protection from the virus,” MMC officials said. “It is still


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