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  • Bird flu detected in chicken breeding facility in Tennessee

    March 5, 2017 3:17 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Agriculture officials say a commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee has been hit by a strain of bird flu. The state Agriculture Department says in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at a facility in Lincoln... more »
  • Mississippi confirms first pediatric flu death of season

    January 28, 2017 3:13 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the first confirmed pediatric influenza death for the 2016-2017 flu season. Officials say it happened to someone who lived in Central Mississippi. Including this reported death, there have been 15 total pediatric flu deaths reported in Mississippi since such deaths... more »
  • Doctors seeing increase in patients with the flu Play Video

    January 24, 2017 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Doctors are seeing an uptick in patients with the flu this time of year in Baton Rouge. Dr. Mindy Calandro, of the Baton Rouge Clinic, said that she has seen more cases of the flu in the past two to three weeks. She also says that... more »
  • Mississippi's 1st flu case confirmed for 2016-17 season

    November 10, 2016 9:04 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi health officials are confirming the state's first case of the flu for the 2016-17 season. A state Department of Health news release says Thursday that the patient is from the central part of the state, but it did not mention which city or county. Individual flu... more »
  • Flu mist vaccination no longer available for flu season Play Video

    October 13, 2016 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A popular flu mist vaccination is no longer available for patients this flu season. Research from the Center for Disease Control revealed that the nasal spray vaccine was not effective during last year's flu season. The mist gained popularity last year for children who did... more »
  • 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 »

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