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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
August 13, 2012 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- Flu season is almost here and there's a new concern: a strain of flu found in pigs. Doctors call it H3N2v flu.
Health leaders in Louisiana are especially worried about this virus because the livestock showing season is about to start, the primary place this strain has... more »
August 9, 2012 12:48 PM
ATLANTA - Officials say there's been a five-fold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. The case count jumped from 29 a week ago to 158 this week, thanks to a wave of new cases confirmed in Indiana and Ohio. The... more »
February 17, 2012 11:02 AM
ATLANTA- Health officials say the flu season is finally here - the slowest start in nearly 25 years. Until this month, there weren't enough flu cases in the U.S. to signal the start of the season. This is the latest start to a flu season since the winter of 1987-1988.... more »
February 11, 2011 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE – Flu activity has recently spiked in Louisiana, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. Flu symptoms made up 20-percent of all doctor visits in the state last week, up from 12-percent the previous week. The most activity was in north and central Louisiana, as well... more »
January 24, 2011 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The flu season is widespread in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies show almost one in every five visits to the doctor are flu related.
Dr. Frank Welch, Department of Health and Hospital Immunization Director, says stopping the spread of flu... more »
June 3, 2010 5:25 AM
Eleven workers who were cleaning up oil in the Gulf of Mexico have been treated for flulike symptoms that could be related to the oil. Dr. Damon Dietrich says he has seen patients come through his emergency room at West Jefferson Medical Center with respiratory problems, headaches and nausea. All... more »
January 7, 2010 4:35 AM
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December 9, 2009 5:57 PM
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today 58 school districts across the state will administer the H1N1 vaccine in school to students for free. At least five school districts in the Baton Rouge area have already begun vaccinations with East Baton Rouge Parish scheduled to give shots in January.... more »
December 9, 2009 5:34 PM
The effectiveness of a popular flu medication and a new treatment for headaches are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
October 26, 2009 5:37 PM
Doctors have only administered about eight percent of the nearly 190,000 swine flu vaccinations that Louisiana has on hand.
Some clinics are calling patients to let them know the vaccine is available and will now be offered to a wider age group.
"We anticipate giving out twice as... more »
October 17, 2009 3:24 PM
Jefferson Parish school board members found out just how expensive it would be to keep students' hands clean to fight the flu.
The administration looked into supplying hand sanitizer stations at every school.
The cost? $132,000 a year for a single application per student per day.
Here's... more »
October 16, 2009 5:47 PM
How experiencing nature can make you nicer, and the difference between flu symptoms and allergy symptoms are topics discussed in this 2 Your Health Report. more »
October 7, 2009 5:37 PM
The first batch of the swine flu vaccine is expected to arrive in the Louisiana on Wednesday. The Department of Health and Hospitals said 26,000 doses of the vaccine were being distributed to 50 pediatricians around the state.
It's in the form of a nasal spray called FluMist. Children... more »
October 7, 2009 10:19 AM
The swine flu vaccine is making its way to Louisiana. The Department of Health and Hospitals expects its first 26,000 doses of the vaccine today. According to DHH, the doses will be distributed to 50 pediatricians around the state. Children ages two to five are the first to get the... more »
October 5, 2009 5:36 AM
Starting today, students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools can get free flu shots. Students who have signed permission slips will get the nasal spray form of the seasonal flu vaccine. The program starts at Banks Elementary and Winbourne Elementary. The vaccine will be given to every eligible student... more »
October 3, 2009 9:41 AM
If you're a senior, you can get a flu shot today at no cost. WBRZ and Baton Rouge General Medical Center are providing the shots until noon at the hospital's Bluebonnet campus.
Also today, Southeastern Cardiology Consultants is providing free blood pressure checks.
The shots help protect you... more »
October 2, 2009 11:11 AM
Health officials say the first shipments of the swine flu vaccine should be given in some places early next week.
The first 600,000 doses available will be all nasal spray according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 6 to 7 million doses are expected... more »
September 28, 2009 8:19 PM
About one in seven pregnant women get flu shots even though health experts encourage them to be the first in line every flu season.
Many obstetricians don't vaccinate and pharmacists and other providers are wary of giving the shots to moms-to-be. Experts say any kind of flu is risky... more »
September 26, 2009 7:21 PM
WBRZ and Baton Rouge General kicked off the Flu Shots for Seniors campaign today. The program is free for seniors age 65 and over with Medicare Part B or Medicare Advantage plans. If you don't have either of those, you could pay a $25 fee.
There will be another... more »
September 26, 2009 10:34 AM
WBRZ and the Baton Rouge General will provide "Flu Shots For Seniors" over a two week period. Seniors can get their flu shots at Baton Rouge General Mid City today. It's located at 3600 Florida Boulevard. Flu shots will be available from 7 am until noon. Seniors can also receive... more »
September 25, 2009 3:38 PM
WBRZ and the Baton Rouge General will provide Flu Shots For Seniors at Baton Rouge General Medical Center's two locations over a two-week period.
Flu shots will be available from 7 am until noon in Baton Rouge. The Mid City campus, located at 3600 Florida Boulevard, will give shots... more »
September 23, 2009 7:44 AM
School is in, and the East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent John Dilworth joined John Pastorek with his first report card on the job. He talked about Blue Ribbon schools, swine and regular flu, year-round school, and truancy. more »
September 21, 2009 2:31 PM
U.S. Health officials have ordered an extra 27.3 million doses of the swine flu vaccine, bringing the total to 251 million.
Officials also ordered 29 million more doses of the nasal-spray version of the vaccine.
The news came after officials said children 9 and younger will almost certainly... more »
September 18, 2009 5:58 PM
The Louisiana School for Math, Science & the Arts will voluntarily close for one week due to increased flu cases among their student body.
The number of students with the flu has risen from two to eight since Sept. 10. The school administration decided to close in hopes that... more »
September 16, 2009 5:56 PM
A new blood test may detect lung cancer, what to eat when you have a cold, and flu shots at the airport are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
September 16, 2009 4:42 PM
A man from the Houma/Thibodaux area has died from complications related to the H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed this is eighth death from H1N1 flu complications this year. DHH will not release any personal details to protect the... more »
September 14, 2009 2:16 PM
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is now allowing health care providers interested in administering the H1N1 flu vaccine to register online.
Certified pharmacists with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy will also be allowed to join doctors, hospitals and other health departments to administer both seasonal and H1N1... more »
September 14, 2009 11:03 AM
State health officials say at least 737 cases of the H1N1 virus known as swine flu have been confirmed in Louisiana this year.
As with the seasonal flu, many people who get sick need to stay home and take medicine for their coughs, achy muscles, fever, sore throat or... more »
September 12, 2009 9:58 AM
A North Louisiana resident is the seventh person in the state to die from the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. That's according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH would only say the person was a male, living in the Shreveport area. No other details have been released.... more »
September 8, 2009 4:23 PM
The rapid flu test commonly administered in clinics and hospitals may not be the best tool to diagnose swine flu.
"In adults you can have the H1N1 flu and test negative about 50% of the time," said Dr. Nelson Perret, an emergency room physician at Earl K Long Hospital.... more »
September 7, 2009 5:57 PM
Denham Springs High maintenance workers spent part of the day scrubbing down classrooms and other common areas, after 19 year old senior Taylor Brian died two days ago from complications assoicated with the swine flu.
She hadn't been on the campus for nearly two weeks. The virus can only... more »
August 26, 2009 10:11 AM
With swine flu fears spreading like a pandemic, what are Baton Rouge's largest universities doing to protect students? Tonight on News Two at 5:00, Luke Margolis gets answers on what LSU and Southern are doing to keep their residence halls flu free. more »
August 13, 2009 2:00 PM
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed the first death in Louisiana from complications from H1N1 flu (swine flu).
The individual was identified as a 21-year-old woman from the Greater New Orleans area.
There have been 346 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Louisiana since the virus... more »