Being Prepared For An Extra Long Flu Season

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Being Prepared For An Extra Long Flu Season

For the best insurance quotes in Louisiana, AWS stands unmatched, and when it comes to health insurance, we can find the plan that best suits your needs. Illness can put you out of work, and expensive doctor bills can be a hassle. This year’s flu season, many people were out of work for several days.

This year’s flu season was record-setting. An influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines increased throughout the US and resulted in more than thirty flu-related deaths in children. 60,000 samples tested positive for the flu from October 2017 to January 2018. It’s no surprise that this was one of the worst flu seasons in history.

Everyone that seemed to escape the season without any flu symptoms may need to hold their breath. While flu activity nationwide has dropped to just above non-flu season levels, influenza B viruses were reported more frequently than influenza A viruses during the week ending March 17th.

The good news is that Influenza B viruses traditionally respond better to vaccines than influenza A. Remember, even if you have had the flu this year it is still possible to get Influenza B, especially young children. It’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated as long flu viruses are circulating.

17 states are still currently reporting widespread flu activity so if you have not yet been vaccinated, now is the time to do so. If you are concerned about your health and the cost of wellness, AWS offers low rate health insurance quotes. Health insurance ensures that you have the resources and financial capacity to stay well and live a healthy life. As this flu season continues to infect those around you, you can rest assured that AWS health insurance has your back.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.