NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today led by example by getting a flu vaccination shot. Mayor Cantrell, who received her flu shot from Access Health Louisiana’s Dr. MarkAlain Dery, encouraged others to get a vaccination. She pointed to the 80,000 flu cases nationally and the 1,600 flu-related deaths in Louisiana during the 2017-18 flu season as reasons to take precautionary steps.
“It’s much like putting a seat belt on. It protects you in the best way possible. And that’s what we’re here for this morning, for the residents of the City of New Orleans to understand that their health matters, they matter to the City of New Orleans, and in order to continue to stay afloat and standing tall, we want them to be as healthy as possible. And preventative matters are important,” Mayor Cantrell said.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual flu shots for everyone over the age of 6 months old. People most at-risk are young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses (asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, etc.). Flu-season activity generally begins to increase in October, and the season often peaks around February.