State health department to stress the importance of flu shots in series of virtual town hall events

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    A nurse vaccinates a seniors against influenza to avoid cross-infection with coronavirus on March 17, 2020 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Public Health Institute will host three virtual town halls over the next few weeks “to educate the community about the importance of getting the flu vaccine this year, especially given the similarities between flu symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms.”

    The virtual town halls, titled “Protecting our Communities from the Flu & COVID-19,” will be based on dialogue focused on “equitable health outcomes for all Louisianans, especially the African American community (which) has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” according to a press release on the LDH website.

    For residents in the Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond and North Shore Areas, the virtual town hall will be on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Register at this link.

    For residents in the Houma-Thibodaux, River Parishes, Acadiana, and Lake Charles Areas, the virtual town hall will be on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Register at this link.

    For residents in the Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe Areas, the virtual town hall will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Register at this link.

    Last month, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, visited Gov. John Bel Edwards and LSU interim president Tim Galligan in Baton Rouge to talk about the state’s COVID-19 reopening process. Edwards said after the meeting one of his biggest concerns is the start of flu season.