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Influenza, commonly known as the Flu, is a viral infection that can be easily spread through the air from coughs and sneezes.  While most individuals have symptoms similar to a cold or stomach virus, those that have the Flu experience worse signs that can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death.  It can be difficult to avoid the Flu.  However, there are steps we can take to lessen the chances of developing it.

LSU Nursing Students Christian and Kim have been volunteering at Lantern Light over the past several weeks.  On Wednesday they shared with guests a presentation on Flu prevention.  The students provided facts about the Flu, they shared signs guests could look for to determine if they developed the flu, as well as steps they can take to prevent the Flu.   While many individuals report that they do receive the Flu shot annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently reported that the current Flu vaccine has an overall effectiveness of only 36 %.

As the country continues to experience a high level of the virus, please remember that it is still a good idea to get the Flu shot, as well as the importance of avoiding individuals that are sick, staying away from others if you have the Flu, and covering your hands and nose.  Also make sure you avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and making sure that you always wash your hands!

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