The flu can have a serious impact on the health of our communities, and this year with COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for everyone to get the flu vaccine. The flu shots can go a long way to protect you, your family and the community. Getting the flu shot is an easy way to help save lives, and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is making it more convenient than ever so that we can work together to fight the flu.
How to identify flu symptoms and what to do if you think you need to seek care, visit the To Your Health Ochsner Blog
We also offer a 24/7 Ochsner On Call nurse care line, at 1-800-231-5257.
Ochsner LSU Health primary care and pediatric physicians offer flu shots by appointment at any of our Health Centers in North Louisiana.
To schedule an appointment:
Our urgent care locations can administer flu shots to adults and children 6 months and older.
Click here to find a community flu shot location near you.
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading this fall and winter. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.Protect Your Loved Ones by:Encouraging them to visit an Ochsner physician through primary care or urgent care to receive a flu shot.Tell them where they can get a free flu shot provided by Louisiana’s Department of Health – Click here to see a list of locations.
If flu symptoms arise, Ochsner patients can call Ochsner On Call (1-800-231-5257), a free service with specially trained registered nurses available to discuss your health care concerns, to help you decide if your symptoms require going to the emergency room for assessment or a visit to a physician, and to recommend appropriate self-care techniques.
Remember to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing and coughing to help limit spreading the virus to others.
If you or a loved one has flu symptoms, Anywhere Care virtual visits allow you to see a doctor online 24/7.
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is always ready to provide the high-quality care you deserve!
We all know the reasons why it’s important to get your flu shot. Flu vaccines not only prevent tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year, but they can also lessen the severity of the illness.
Flu season hits its peak between December and February. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot it may be hard to tell if you have the flu or just the common cold.
Now's the time to protect yourself and your family from seasonal influenza. Follow these steps for a healthier flu season.