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Governor Bobby Jindal visits Lake Charles

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting another swine flu death. This makes four for Louisiana. Even though no vaccine is available Governor Bobby Jindal said there are several things residents can do in the meantime.

In Louisiana there are 737 cases of swine flu. The Louisiana Department of Heath and Hospitals has recently confirmed the latest H1N1 related fatality of a young adult female from the Baton Rouge. This brings the state's death toll up to 4. Governor Bobby Jindal said the state is ready as soon as the vaccine becomes available. 

"The regular flu vaccination is already starting now. The nasal spray is out now, the shots will be available in a few weeks. The state has bought sixty-four thousand additional doses We will be giving those out later this fall. We encourage people to go out and get the regular flu shots," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Changing pace, Governor Jindal gave his thoughts on President Obama's decision to speak to school children all across the country.

"There is no room for politics in our school. There is nothing wrong with telling our students to work hard and study. Originally, they wanted students to write a letter saying how they were going to help the president. That has been changed. I think that was a good thing that they changed that. That wasn't appropriate in the schools," said Governor Jindal.

Originally, in lesson plans sent out to teachers, students were asked to write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. That was later changed. Students are now being asked to write letter to themselves about how they can achieve their short-term and long-term education goals.

The White House is saying the contents of Obama's speech will be released a day in advance for parents and teachers to read over.

"I understand the White House will be releasing the speech early. I think that is a good thing. I would strongly encourage every teacher, every principal, and every parent to go and look at the speech, and make the decision that is best for their children," said Governor Jindal. 

Click the link to the White House website for more information on President Obama's speech.

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