Gov. Jindal talks about Swine Flu prevention

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Beauregard Parish welcomed another 100-thousand dollar grant for infrastructure improvements Tuesday. After hand delivering the check Governor Bobby Jindal highlighted initiatives that have helped Louisiana create more jobs at a time when other states are not.

"For two years in a row, we've had more people move into Louisiana, more quickly than they are leaving," said Jindal.

The town hall meeting, the latest stop on his "Louisiana Working Tour," was also another opportunity for Governor Jindal to stress the importance of protecting residents against the H1N1 virus or Swine Flu.

This comes the same day as President Obama along with his health and medical advisors forecast a bad flu season. Predicting that before it's all over 30 to 50 percent of Americans will come down with the Swine Flu and up 90-thousand people could die from the virus. That's why they're reminding everyone to exercise common sense precautions.

"It's exactly the same things our moms used to teach us when we were kids: Don't cough and sneeze on other people. Cough and sneeze on tissues if you are feeling sick and have a fever stay at home, don't go to school or work. Make sure you wash you're hands often," said Jindal.

All things they'll likely be doing more of in Calcasieu Parish Schools. Now reporting another 26 confirmed cases of influenza Type 'A' cases, which could include Swine Flu. As of Tuesday the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is still reporting 579 confirmed cases statewide with three deaths related to Swine Flu.

While they're prepared for the upcoming challenges, the government says a H1N1 vaccine won't be available until mid October and at this point will be voluntary but strongly recommended.

"We're working with the federal government. They hope to have a vaccine in place by this fall as soon as they deliver that to us - we will certainly get it out to our people," said Jindal.

To track school by school - confirmed cases of influenza Type 'A' - click here for a link to the Calcasieu Parish School Board's website.

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