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 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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Health officials: Could be a severe flu season
Posted on 12/5/2017 11:09:00 AM.
Health officials are concerned Louisiana might have a severe flu season. There are more cases of flu here and in Alabama than elsewhere in the country. State health department Dr. Frank Welch says there are more medical visits for the flu than there should be this time of the year.
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LDH reminds residents it's time to get your annual flu shot
Posted on 10/16/2017 6:20:00 AM.

The state Department of Health is reminding Louisianans it’s time to get your annual flu vaccination. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Heath Dr. Parham Jaberi says the flu season has begun and doctors are starting to see a small number of cases.

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Louisiana not seeing as many flu cases as other states
Posted on 1/25/2017 11:08:00 AM.

Louisiana isn’t seeing as many flu cases as we usually do this time of year. That’s according to the state’s flu bug expert, Dr. Frank Welch, who says right now, 4 out of every 100 doctor visits in the state is for the flu. He says there’s several reasons we’re seeing a slower flu season this year.

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LDH urges everyone to get flu shot
Posted on 10/19/2016 5:26:00 AM.

Flu season is just around the corner, and the Louisiana Department of Health urges everyone to go out and get their flu shot. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says despite what some people may think, getting a flu shot will not give someone the flu, and everyone needs to get vaccinated even if they got the shot last year.

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CDC says this year's flu shot will better protect you from the virus
Posted on 9/17/2015 12:08:00 PM.

It’s almost flu season again so that means it’s time to get your flu shot. The Center for Disease Control’s Flu Expert Michael Jhung says last year’s flu season was a rough one so if the vaccination is available, you should get one as soon as possible. He says this year’s flu shot will provide better protection from the virus than last year’s.

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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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State Health official says the flu in Louisiana is "terrible"
Posted on 12/31/2014 3:50:00 PM.
The Centers for Disease Control says the flu has now reached the epidemic level in the United States and the state Department of Health and Hospitals says its going to get worse before it gets better in Louisiana. Medical director for the immunization program, Dr. Frank Welch, says the flu situation in the Bayou State is absolutely terrible.
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Flu is widespread in Louisiana
Posted on 12/4/2014 11:11:00 AM.
The Centers for Disease Control reports a widespread outbreak of the flu in Louisiana.  In fact, Louisiana is the only state in the Continental US with widespread flu cases.  

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