DHH: Nearly 400,000 flu cases in Louisiana
Posted on 1/13/2015 12:05:00 PM.
It's a bad flu season and the numbers prove it. Dr. Frank Welch, medical director for the state's immunization program, says nearly an estimated 400,000 people have come down with the flu during this flu season and influenza has hospitalized up to 4,000 people.


"The real, real seriousness is in the elderly, people over 65-years-old, but we are seeing flu cases across the board," Welch said. "It is also serious in young children as well."
 
Welch says they are still seeing an extraordinarily large number of cases reported each week, but....
 
"Compared to last week, we kind of leveled off to that very high level," Welch said. "So I guess a little bit of good news is that we leveled off, we are not increasing anymore." 
 
Welch says the strain of flu that's most predominate is H3N2. 
 
"Not only do we have more serious kind of flu, but it's not perfectly matched to the vaccine as well," Welch said. "That's probably contributing to the seriousness of the flu."
 
Even though the flu vaccine is not a direct match with the flu strain going around, Welch still advises getting an influenza shot.
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