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  • Louisiana's flu season expected to spike in coming weeks

    February 29, 2016 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has seen a mild start to this flu season, but doctors and national experts say that may be about to change. The latest data available from the state Department of Health and Hospitals show a small number of cases, with only about 7 percent of all tests... more »
  • Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

    February 24, 2016 3:14 PM

    NEW YORK - The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That's a big improvement from last winter's nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective. Unlike last year's vaccine, this year's is a... more »
  • Immunization Director: Worst of Louisiana flu season ahead

    January 19, 2016 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana flu season has been quiet so far, but that could change as cases of the illness increase across the country. Despite the lull in the season, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. Dr. Frank Welch, immunization medical... more »
  • EBR schools plan for peak of flu season Play Video

    November 12, 2015 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With flu season getting started in October, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is trying to get a grip on it before it peaks. Thursday, nurses were at Claiborne Elementary School to give vaccinations to 142 students. Consent forms were sent to the parents of all... more »
  • Tulane looking for flu shot study participants

    November 4, 2015 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans are looking for volunteers to study why certain flu vaccines do not work well for some people. Researchers announced Wednesday that Tulane University’s School of Medicine will study some local residents to determine how inflammation can affect the way... more »
  • DHH asks parents to ensure vaccinations are current

    July 16, 2015 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the beginning of a new school year quickly approaching, state health regulators are urging parents to make sure their children have received all required vaccinations. State officials say Louisiana law requires children, ages 4 or older and entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs, to have proof... more »
  • Vets warn dog flu may hit Louisiana Play Video

    May 20, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Canine Influenza has hit Louisiana and the U. S. again, but this time vets warn it's a different strain of the virus. The first case reported case of dog flu in the U.S. was in 2004. There's a vaccine for that strain of the virus, called... more »
  • CDC: Nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

    February 13, 2015 12:10 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A new report shows this winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating. The flu reached its highest levels around the beginning of January, and stayed there for weeks. The government report out Friday shows flu has become less widespread and less intense in... more »
  • Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

    January 30, 2015 12:00 PM

    NEW YORK - Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that about 198 out of every 100,000 people... more »
  • 15 children dead as flu reaches epidemic level

    December 31, 2014 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - With winter just beginning, it already seems that the flu epidemic is off to a strong start in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control says the flu is now widespread in a total of 36 states, and has already been responsible for the deaths of... more »
  • Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

    December 19, 2014 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported cases were widespread in 29 states last week. If the trend continues, it could bring another early peak... more »
  • CDC declares 'National Influenza Vaccination Week' Play Video

    December 10, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Center for Disease Control has named the week of December 7-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week. Louisiana continued to report a high number of flu cases this week, according to the CDC. State officials took time Wednesday to tell people about the importance of getting a... more »
  • Local pediatrician discusses the world of viruses Play Video

    October 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pediatrician Dr. Mindy Calandro visited the studio this afternoon to talk about the topic that is unavoidable this week: viruses. With the national news filled with near wall-to-wall coverage of the Ebola virus developments in Texas and West Africa, viruses are on the minds of everyone,... more »
  • Doctor: flu more concerning than Ebola Play Video

    October 2, 2014 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a local pediatrician, the United States health care system is too advanced for Ebola to spread like it has in West Africa. Dr. Mindy Calandro says she is much more concerned about the flu than an Ebola outbreak. Unlike the flu, Dr. Calandro says... more »
  • OLOL implements flu vaccination policy to protect patients

    September 25, 2014 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is implementing a flu vaccination policy at the hospital to help protect the health of its patients, visitors, staff and community. The policy - affecting more than 7,000 people - includes physicians, allied health staff, volunteers, students, contract workers... more »
  • The time to get the flu vaccine is now Play Video

    September 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With fall rapidly approaching, it is once again time for children and adults to line up for flu vaccines. Local doctors are advocating for people to get vaccinated now before the season is expected to peak so that the odds of more people getting sick can... more »
  • 5th pediatric flu death reported in Louisiana

    February 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The death of a child in central Louisiana was the fifth fatal case of pediatric flu in Louisiana so far this flu season. Louisiana's health department said Friday it reported the death in its weekly flu report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... more »
  • DHH: Second child's death from flu confirmed

    January 31, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials in Louisiana said a second child's death due to the flu has been reported in the state. The Department of Health and Hospitals said this second death happened in southeast Louisiana. The first was in northwest Louisiana. DHH said since Oct. 1, lab... more »
  • Fighting the flu with Dr. Calandro Play Video

    January 23, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro talked about how to fight and handle the flu today on WBRZ News 2 at 4. The pediatrician said she's seen a peak in flu cases in the past few weeks. She said make sure to keep your children home from school or... more »
  • Flu deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 15, 2014 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of people dying from the flu is on the rise in Baton Rouge. A representative from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital said since mid-December, they've treated more than 200 cases of the flu each week. During that time, about 10 people died. Statewide... more »
  • Flu fight continues in Louisiana Play Video

    January 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of 25 states experiencing widespread flu activity as the season nears its peak. Only ten states, including Louisiana, had widespread activity last week. "Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, so we're still early on, and we're seeing a significant increase... more »
  • Flu on the rise in La. and surrounding states Play Video

    December 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Flu is one of the biggest health concerns every winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions says it's widespread in four southern states including Louisiana. Doctors say there's a spike from the H1N1 strain also known as the swine flu. This is the same strain... more »
  • Health department begins flu vaccine campaign

    November 13, 2013 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department kicked off its annual "Fight the Flu" campaign today, urging people to get vaccinated. The Department of Health and Hospitals held events Wednesday at health centers around the state, and at a state police office in Lafayette along with the Alexandria Museum of... more »
  • East Baton Rouge schools hold flu vaccine clinic

    October 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Magnet High School hosted a flu vaccine clinic for students, teachers and community members. Our Lady of the Lake Pediatrician Dr. Roberta Vicari says the preventative measures that the community is taking should reduce the amount of flu cases for the upcoming season. ... more »
  • Four-strain flu shot available for first time Play Video

    September 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first time, a four-strain flu shot is available. Doctors suggest getting the flu shot as soon as possible with flu season nearly here in October. Health professionals say the flu virus is very contagious. "Just by being in the room with somebody who... more »
  • Health stories for March 18, 2013 Play Video

    March 18, 2013 6:14 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 18, 2013 - Living a vegan lifestyle may conflict with fighting illnesses, especially when it comes to drugs. Lactose, which is one of the most used animal products, works as a stabilizer in pills or to add... more »
  • 2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013 Play Video

    March 11, 2013 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013: People in Louisiana are getting hit by a double-dose of the flu and seasonal allergies. The former is still lingering around the state while constant weather changes have caused the latter to show up early.... more »
  • Flu shot did poor job against worst bug in seniors

    February 21, 2013 11:08 AM

    ATLANTA- Health officials say this season's flu shot is only 9 percent effective in protecting seniors against the most common and dangerous flu bug. Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and is never 100 percent effective. But experts say the preliminary results released Thursday are... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 8, 2013 Play Video

    February 8, 2013 6:11 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 8, 2013 - It's no secret people love fried foods and sweet tea in Louisiana, but they are linked to health problems in the south. People who eat a lot of fried foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, and... more »
  • Health stories for Feb. 4, 2013 Play Video

    February 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 4, 2013 - Scientists may be able to better forecast to flu, thanks to how you search online. Researchers with the CDC have worked with Google studying search patterns. They say people who search for terms... more »
  • Flu remains widespread in US; eases in some areas

    January 18, 2013 10:24 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.... more »
  • La. doctors helping residents fight the flu Play Video

    January 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some health experts say they haven't seen a flu outbreak like this in over a decade, and as of now there's no clear end in sight. Calls for appointments are pouring in to Dr. Lee Montgomery's Baton Rouge office, and they're all with the same complaint.... more »
  • CDC says data shows worsening flu season

    January 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the more severe in recent years. Earlier reports indicated that this could be a bad flu season, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the data now confirm it. In the last week... more »

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