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Flu season in Cenla

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - You might have seen people coughing and sneezing, and that's a sure signal of one thing - flu season is here.

Taking the right precautions against the flu is a must.

"It's definitely in Central Louisiana now."

This time, it is here earlier than usual.

"Sometimes we get an earlier flu season, so it is almost like you are getting two flu seasons in the same year and that is kind of what it is looking like now," said Timothy Turnage with Cenla Urgent Care.

Staying healthy and knowing the right preventive measures are vital.

"You feel like you are dying. It is not a pleasant feeling," said Pat Bennett.

The first thing you can do to help prevent yourself from catching the flu is to get vaccinated.

"The biggest thing is to be vaccinated. We still have some vaccine left available in our clinic."

It is important to wash your hands after coming from a public place during flu season.

If you are not at a good place to wash your hands, always bring an extra hand sanitizer to stay as germ free as possible.

"The precautions you are able to take cost nothing basically to wash your hands with soap and water and if that is not available use hand sanitizer."

If you have been diagnosed with the flu, the best thing you can do is to stay home. This will help prevent spreading the flu to others.

"If you have been diagnosed with the flu do not go to work, do not go to school. You need to stay home," said Turnage.

If you're interested in getting a flu shot, Cenla Urgent Care does have them available with no appointment necessary.

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