Flu cases surge in New Orleans

Martha Sanchez, News Editor

A Tulane student receives a flu vaccine at an Oct. 26 vaccine clinic in Greenbaum Residence Hall. (Rahima Olatinwo)

Louisiana is facing an early surge of flu cases, driven in part by the lack of immunity built up during the past two years of pandemic precautions like masking and social distancing. 

Children’s Hospital in New Orleans reported one in three flu tests returning positive for Influenza A. Doctors recently told Fox8 there is a large percentage of children who have been unexposed to flu strains over the past two years, and as a result Children’s has been close to full for the past few weeks. 

COVID-19 numbers in the city have remained low

Tulane University offered flu clinics to students throughout October. Upcoming clinic dates include Oct. 27 in Josephine Louise Residence Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Nov. 1 in the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life Room #203, Stibbs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can also make flu vaccine appointments at the Tulane Health Center.

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