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Is It a Cold or the Flu — How Can You Tell the Difference?

Cold or flu -- how do you know which one you have? Dr. Shanilee Singh with Ark-La-Tex Children's Clinic in Bossier City says the symptoms are very similar between the two, so much so that the only way to know for sure which one you have is through a simple test.

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New Flu Shot Offers Quadruple Protection To Larger Group of People

A new flu vaccine out in 2013 protects a larger group of people against four different influenza strains. Louisiana Immunization Director Frank Welch says the quadruple-protection vaccines aren't a new idea, though.

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Fewer Blood Donations in Shreveport-Bossier Because of Flu Outbreak

This year's rash of flu cases seems to have caused a shortage in the local blood supply. LifeShare Blood Centers spokeswoman Tina Hooper says since so many people have been sick, they aren't able to donate like they once did.

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Where to Get a Flu Shot in Shreveport and Bossier City

The flu season has hit Shreveport-Bossier, but that doesn't mean you have to catch it. Here are some local hospitals, pharmacies and businesses offering flu shots to children and adults.

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Red Cross Offers Flu Shots, Information on How Shreveport and Bossier Can Battle the Flu

Flu cases are on the rise in many states including Louisiana, and that's prompted the local American Red Cross chapter to do a couple of things.

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LSU Health Shreveport Confirms Flu Virus Infection

With the onset of colder weather, the expected arrival of the influenza virus has been confirmed by LSU Health Shreveport's Diagnostic Virology Laboratory.

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Child With Suspected H1N1 Released From Hospital

A 5-year-old Texas girl, suspected of having contracted the H1N1 virus has been released from a Shreveport hospital.

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Teen Dies At LSUHSC Of H1N1

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today confirmed the death of a 13-year-old East Texas boy in a Shreveport hospital due to complications from H1N1 flu.  Elysian Fields Middle School student Trenton Lindsey died Tuesday night. 

"Our hearts and prayers go out to this child's family and friends," said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein.  "It is important we all remain vigilant for symptoms of flu-like illness, and be serious about taking preventative measures against the spread of flu." 

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