The New Orleans Health Department encourages all residents and visitors of New Orleans to protect themselves and others by following these guidelines during flu season.
Know the symptoms
Influenza is a virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and make you very tired. If you think you may have the flu, talk to your doctor right away.
Everyone over 6 months should get vaccinated every year
The flu vaccine is safe for anyone over the age of 6 months and does not cause the flu. Children under 8 years who get the flu shot for the first time need to get two doses. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn whether you and your family should get the flu shot or use the nasal spray vaccine.
Don't spread the flu
Cover your mouth with your arm or tissue when you cough
Wash your hands often
If you are sick, stay home so you do not spread the flu
If your child is sick keep him/her at home until s/he does not have a fever for at least 24 hours
Click here for a printable flu season factsheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does flu season start?
Flu season usually starts in October and ends in May each year, but it can change depending on the virus. January and February are the months the most people get the flu.
How do I know if I should ge the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months. If you have questions about getting the flu vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
Where can I get the flu vaccine?
Many pharmacies and doctors' offices have the flu vaccine. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder can help you locate a flu vaccine provider near you.
Who is able to use the nasal spray vaccine?
The person must be between 2 and 49 years, healthy and NOT pregnant. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out if you can get the nasal spray.
How will I know if I have the flu?
You may have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, or you are very tired. If you think you may have the flu, talk to your doctor right away.
The Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a tool to help you find insurance that is right for you at an affordable price. The Marketplace is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called "Obamacare." It will help uninsured and under-insured individuals and families find all the information they need about available health plans in one place. Most people who use the Marketplace will also qualify for tax credits, which work like discounts to lower the cost of the health plan they purchase.
An additional Marketplace, called the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) will be available for employers to shop for insurance coverage for their employees. For more information on the SHOP, see: www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses.
For a clear explanation of what the marketplace provides and how it works, see the Healthcare.gov video below:
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