LDH urges parents to vaccinate their children before school begins
Posted on 8/4/2017 12:21:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Health urges parents to make sure their children are vaccinated as school is just around the corner. State immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says vaccines are an important part of a child’s health and wellbeing, especially while they’re in school.

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LDH: Mumps outbreak likely to get worse before it gets better
Posted on 3/17/2017 10:38:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health confirms 12 mumps cases, and a state health official predicts this developing outbreak will only get worse. Medical director of the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch says mumps has a long incubation period, which means it can be two to three weeks after someone is exposed before they show symptoms.

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Louisiana is seeing a cluster of mumps cases with students at LSU
Posted on 3/14/2017 11:35:00 AM.

There has been a large outbreak of mumps cases in Arkansas and we’re starting to see cases in Louisiana now. Medical Director of the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch says they’ve been able to confirm at least six cases on the LSU campus.

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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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LDH concerned about mumps making its way to Louisiana
Posted on 12/13/2016 11:22:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health says they’ve been seeing an uptick in mumps cases around college campuses nationwide but more recently a large concentration in Arkansas.

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LDH reminds people that peak flu season has begun
Posted on 12/4/2016 2:45:00 PM.

The Louisiana Department of Health reminds the public that December is the start of peak flu season. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says flu activity has been low so far this year, as only 2 out of every 100 doctor visits in Louisiana have been flu related. He says there are things people can do to avoid getting sick.

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Louisiana at increased risk for West Nile after flooding
Posted on 8/18/2016 1:49:00 AM.

The massive flooding in south Louisiana now poses an increased risk for West Nile. That’s according to the State Medical Director for the Center of Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, who says in the short-term, flooding washes away mosquitoes and their larvae, but floods leave standing water, which allows mosquitoes to breed and the population to grow quickly.

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Local Zika transmission could be coming to Louisiana
Posted on 8/1/2016 2:48:00 AM.

Louisiana is ready for the possibility of local transmission of the Zika Virus. There are four confirmed cases of Zika in Florida in people who did not travel out of the country or have contact with someone who did. State Medical Director for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, says Louisiana has been preparing since January.More

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Two new Zika cases confirmed in Louisiana
Posted on 4/6/2016 1:40:00 PM.

Two new Zika cases have been confirmed in Louisiana, bringing the total number to four – but DHH says they are all okay. Medical Director for the Louisiana Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch says this Zika confirmation is really a few weeks late, because the tests had to be sent to the Center for Disease Control for confirmation.

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