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New Numbers Show Spread of Flu in Cenla

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control are showing exactly how widespread Influenza is in our area. 

Emma and Abby Pace are out of school to get vaccinated for the flu. Their mom Daphne Pace says it was time. 

"I'm scared, we normally get the flu shot but we haven't yet this year and I'm hearing too many horror stories, and I'm worried about it so I decided to go ahead and get the last ones that were here," said Daphne Pace.  

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show this year's flu is widespread, accounting for at least 20 deaths statewide. 

"About eight percent of visits to the doctor's office and emergency room are related to influenza like illnesses, most of them flu," said Dr. David Holcombe. 

Clinics like Premier Urgent Care in Alexandria are seeing those numbers first hand. 

"It's been really busy the last three weeks, in the last three weeks we've seen a ton of people coming in with body aches, and fevers and saying they feel like they've been hit by a truck," said Kerry West.   

The worry is that the flu season may be far from over.

"That is something you can only tell when the season is actually finished, the peak of the season can occur any time from December, to late February," said Dr. Holcombe. 

Public health officials say this year's strain of flu is more dangerous to the young and those with compromised immune systems. 



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