Statewide flu shot event Thursday afternoon
Posted on 12/12/2018 8:17:00 PM.

The Louisiana Health Department will make flu shots available at parish health clinics from 2 until 6:30 this afternoon. LDH Immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says a similar event was conducted last January during a rough flu season that saw more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana.

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LDH sees rise in reported flu cases
Posted on 12/5/2018 12:05:00 PM.

With the holiday season in effect, the state has seen an uptick in flu cases. This news comes after a horrible flu season last year, with triple the number of hospitalizations and deaths than normal. Flu Bug expert for Louisiana Department of Health Frank Welch said if you have not received a flu shot yet, you need to.

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New flu drug hits the market
Posted on 10/25/2018 11:47:00 AM.

There’s a new flu drug on the market that journal studies indicate can be taken to reduce the severity of the flu, and is less likely than other treatments to be stopped by resistant strains.

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LDH hosting mass vaccination exercise
Posted on 10/21/2018 6:38:00 PM.

With flu season starting soon, the Louisiana Health Department is holding flu vaccine clinics, including one Monday in Thibodaux. Louisiana immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the flu vaccine clinics are a test run for a more serious health emergency.

Welch says similar setups were done in the time of polio and says the ability to execute this type of operation is one that needs continual practice.
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LDH extends free flu shot program
Posted on 2/14/2018 3:11:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Health is extending its free flu shot drive after initially planning to end the program Monday. Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says they were excited to extend the program after a very successful two week run.

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Flu season slams Louisiana
Posted on 1/18/2018 1:04:00 AM.

Louisiana is suffering its worst flu season on record, with nearly 10 in 100 doctors visits in the last month being for flu related symptoms. Louisiana Department of Health Immunization Director Frank Welch says in his 20 years doing this, he's never seen so many cases...

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Flu cases on the rise in the Bayou State and the Deep South
Posted on 12/15/2017 12:42:00 PM.

The flu season is ramping up in the Deep South with the highest number of cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. State Health Department Flu Bug Expert Dr. Frank Welch says it’s rare to see this many flu cases in December.

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Flu season is in full swing in the Bayou State
Posted on 2/9/2017 11:35:00 AM.

The flu season in Louisiana is ramping up and as the Bayou State has surpassed other states with the number of influenza cases. The state’s flu bug expert, Dr. Frank Welch, says five out of 100 visits to the doctor are for flu like symptoms. He says there is a very nasty stain of flu going around this year.

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Flu cases on the rise in Louisiana
Posted on 1/13/2017 1:46:00 AM.

In the past week, Louisiana has seen an increase in the number of flu cases around the state. That’s according to Medical Director for the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch who says four out of every 100 people who visit the doctor have the flu. He says if you got the flu shot, you should be protected.

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Louisiana flu season is slow this year
Posted on 2/12/2016 6:06:00 AM.

Louisiana is experiencing one of its slowest flu seasons in several years. That’s according to Dr. Frank Welch, an influenza expert with the state department of health and hospitals. Welch says doctors are seeing very few flu cases.

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