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Posted: Sunday, 29 December 2013 11:42AM

Influenza widespread in Louisiana, hitting metro New Orleans hard

A new report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says Louisiana is one of ten states in the U.S. where the flu is widespread, meaning more than half the state is reporting flu activity.

The CDC reports more than 1,600 new cases in the state last week.

Several southern states continue to be a hot bed for flu cases but the good news is there is plenty of vaccine still available.

So far there have been four flu-related deaths in Texas.

One of the deadliest strains, the "H1N1" or "Swine Flu," has been reported in many of Louisiana's cases.

Health experts say the current flu vaccine can prevent swine flu and other strains if people get tested.

The CDC reports less than half of Americans were vaccinated last year.

Generally, peak flu season is during February, meaning there's still plenty of time to get vaccinated.

More than 300,000 flu cases are reported each year.

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