flu season

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On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with NPR's Robert Siegel, co-host of All Things Considered just ahead of his last day on air. Then, Jessica Rosgaard and The Advocate's Stephanie Grace discuss some unresolved issues in the state and in New Orleans as we move into the new year. 

And later, Dr. Eric Griggs joins us to discuss a couple of health concerns in the city. 

The early start to flu season that's sweeping the country hasn't spared Louisiana and Mississippi.

While the outlook for the rest of the season isn't clear, experts are encouraging people to take precautions such as getting a flu shot and making it a practice to wash hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

Both states are among 29 reporting high levels of flu-like illness. Although 18 children nationwide have died from the flu since early October, none was in Mississippi or Louisiana.