BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – What are the benefits of getting flu shots besides being protected from the flu?

The flu, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a contagious respiratory illness that can be spread to others when you cough, sneeze or even talk. Flu season is usually at its peak from December to January, but can last until May.

Why get the flu shot? The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) provides four reasons other than simply warding off the pesky viral infection.

According to LDH, the flu shot can:

  • Reduce the severity of the flu if people get it
  • Lessen the risk of being hospitalized with the flu
  • Protect people with certain health conditions
  • Keeps pregnant women, children, and adults safe

The CDC recommends anyone six months and older get a flu shot.

Here’s where you can get the flu shot in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

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