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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DHH: Worst of flu season still to come
Posted on 1/19/2016 12:10:00 PM.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says the worst of the current flu season is still to come and they're encouraging everyone to make sure they are vaccinated.  Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says it's fortunate that flu season has been very slow, to date, in Louisiana.  
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Experts: Up and down temps could make you more susceptible to sickness
Posted on 3/5/2015 1:43:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Many people feel like these dramatic changes in the outside temperature fuels a greater opportunity for sickness and there are some healthy measures you can take from experts. High temperatures were in the 70s yesterday and today they are in the 30s and 40s.
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Flu bug starting to slow down
Posted on 2/14/2015 3:55:00 PM.
It appears the peak of the flu season is behind us, but health officials say we can't let our guard down. Doctor Frank Welch, with the state department of health and hospitals, says during the height of the flu season, about eight out of every 100 doctor or hospital visit was for the flu, now that ratio is down to five out of every 100.
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Tulane study: Cities whose teams are in the Super Bowl see an increase in flu deaths
Posted on 1/30/2015 5:46:00 AM.
A Tulane University study discovers that cities who have teams in the Super Bowl see a spike in flu deaths. Researcher Charles Stoecker, says based on county-level statistics, there was an 18-percent increase in flu deaths among those over the age of 65 in cities whose teams were in the Super Bowl that year. He says big games bring more people together.
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