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 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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State department of health says one in seven doctor visits in Louisiana is for flu
Posted on 12/27/2017 12:58:00 PM.
Health officials thought we'd be seeing fewer flu cases by now, but it's actually gotten worse in Louisiana. Dr. Frank Welch with the state department of health says we're seeing almost double the number of cases as our neighboring states.
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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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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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