The state health department is kicking off its annual flu vaccine campaign, urging people to get prepared for flu season.

The Department of Health and Hospitals is holding events Wednesday at health centers around the state, a state police office in Lafayette and the Alexandria Museum of Art to tout the campaign, with local leaders and medical officials getting vaccines at each location.

In Baton Rouge, DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri will receive flu shots at the local health unit, hoping to inspire others to do the same.

DHH says Louisiana typically sees increased flu activity start around January.