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  • Number of vaccinations up in La., still below average check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 11, 2015 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of vaccinated 2-year-olds has gone up in Louisiana, but the state still remains under the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2009, 56.9 percent of 2-year-olds were vaccinated in Louisiana. That percentage grew to more than 71 percent in 2013. However,... more »
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

    July 31, 2015 12:37 PM

    LONDON - An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has... more »
  • Back to school vaccinations check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Children everywhere are getting ready to head back to school, but school supplies isn't the only thing kids need to start the year off right. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date on all... 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 »
  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

    April 22, 2015 11:45 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Federal officials say they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low. Dr. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says they're... more »
  • Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

    February 6, 2015 2:01 AM

    DENVER, CO - As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. The stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, but it's generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws. This week, Democrats... more »
  • New Measles Outbreaks Errupts at Disneyland

    January 24, 2015 10:31 AM

    California - Approximately 15 years ago, measles had practically been eliminated from the United States. Beginning in 2000, almost all new measles cases found in the U.S. came from international travelers, who had brought the disease back from adventures abroad. However, more than 60 people have managed to contract measles... more »
  • Ebola vaccine trial suspended after side effects

    December 11, 2014 8:06 AM

    LONDON, England - Swiss researchers have suspended the testing of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates after some volunteers reported unexpected side effects. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve said the trial had been suspended "as a precautionary measure." The study involving 59 people... more »
  • New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection

    December 10, 2014 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Gardasil 9, which protects against nine... more »
  • FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

    October 29, 2014 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON- Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to prevent a potentially deadly form of bacterial meningitis often associated with college dormitories. The Food and Drug Administration says it cleared Pfizer's Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25. The bacteria infect the... more »
  • Doctor: flu more concerning than Ebola check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • EBR residents encouraged to 'fight the flu'

    September 24, 2014 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President "Kip" Holden and representatives from Baton Rouge area hospitals held a press conference Wednesday morning in an effort to encourage East Baton Rouge residents to "fight the flu". Speakers from Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General, Woman's Hospital and Ochsner Baton Rouge were... more »
  • Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster

    September 7, 2014 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection. But the effect waned unless the monkeys got a booster shot made a different way. Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at the National Institutes of Health for the first... more »
  • Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

    September 4, 2014 4:49 AM

    LONDON, England - As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for... more »
  • Another warning issued for MERS virus

    May 15, 2014 7:52 AM

    Officials have issued another urgent warning about the spread of the deadly virus "MERS". So far two cases have been confirmed in the United States. Both are health care providers who had been working in Saudi Arabia. U.S. Airlines is now cooperating with the Center of Disease Control to... more »
  • CDC confirms two cases of MERS Virus in U.S.

    May 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus. A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a... 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 »
  • 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. 15, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 15, 2013 6:30 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 15, 2013 - A new study shows a new advantage for natural birth and breastfeeding, and it has to do with bacteria. The study from Canada says children who go through the birth canal get the first... more »
  • New whooping cough strain in US raises questions

    February 7, 2013 2:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be vaccine resistant. Health officials are looking into whether that might be one reason why the U.S. just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug... more »
  • Health stories for Jan. 30, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Jan. 39, 2013 - Timing may be everything when it comes to eating and losing weight. A new study shows people who eat a bigger meal later in the day lose less weight than those who ate earlier.... more »
  • DHH: No shots, no school

    July 31, 2012 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Students must be up-to-date on their vaccinations when they return to school. Louisiana law requires children age four or older who are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, daycare or Head Start programs this year must have proof they have received a booster dose of Poliovirus vaccine (IPV), two... more »
  • LSU doctor gets $9M to develop pneumonia vaccine

    October 23, 2011 9:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The National Institutes of Health is giving an LSU doctor about $9 million over five years for work toward a vaccine against a major cause of pneumonia in people who have HIV. Dr. Judd Shellito of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans - says pneumocystitis is the... more »
  • Whooping cough makes a comeback

    September 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to the CDC whooping cough vaccine is still effective but not for as long. Health officials push adults to get vaccinated against the virus if not for themselves then for the children around them. The constant coughing spasms and loss of breath is what... more »
  • Bioethicist challenges Bachmann on vaccine claim

    September 16, 2011 12:31 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A prominent bioethicist has offered $10,000 to charity if Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can prove her claim that a vaccination caused mental retardation. Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania challenged Bachmann on Thursday over her comments regarding the human papillomavirus vaccine. The topic of... more »
  • H1N1 vaccinations available

    March 23, 2010 8:41 AM

    The Department of Health and Hospitals is making one last push to get people vaccinated for H1N1. Dr. Marilyn Reynaud with DHH sat down with John Pastorek to explain where you can get vaccinated this week. more »
  • Swine Flu claims another LA life

    January 6, 2010 8:23 PM

    Another person has died of swine-flu related illness, brining the state death toll to 41. State health officials say the adult female was from a four-parish region that includes New Orleans. 222,000 people state-wide have or have had the H1N1 flu. The swine flu vaccine is now... more »
  • H1N1 vaccines now available to anyone

    January 4, 2010 6:25 PM

    The state health department says that swine flu vaccine is now available to anyone. Monday's announcement said people should call their regular medical providers for a vaccination appointment. Public providers can be found at the state Department of Health and Hospitals website . The Department of Health and Hospitals... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Jan. 4

    January 4, 2010 5:47 PM

    Swine flu vaccines, the risk of diabetes for smokers trying to quit, and how volunteering may help seniors prevent frailty are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Swine flu vaccine to become more broadly available

    December 30, 2009 11:32 AM

    Swine flu vaccine is about to become more broadly available in Louisiana. State health officials say that, starting Monday, the H1N1 vaccine will be available to the general public - not just at-risk target groups. Since October, the vaccine has been available to those deemed at highest risk for complications... more »
  • La. received recalled doses of swine flu vaccine

    December 15, 2009 5:12 PM

    Update: The Department of Health and Hospitals just received word that Louisiana has received about 10,990 doses of the swine flu vaccine pre-filled syringes that have been recalled. DHH says that only 684 of these doses had been administered in state. Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses... more »
  • Swine flu vaccines recalled

    December 15, 2009 10:40 AM

    Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. It involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 30

    November 30, 2009 5:44 PM

    A promising new study on the treatment of autism, oral cancer in women, the link between swine flu and pneumonia, and a new seasonal flu vaccine are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 26

    November 26, 2009 5:41 PM

    An implantable cancer vaccine and the benefits of gingko biloba are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 18

    November 18, 2009 5:46 PM

    This 2 Your Health report discusses Santas and the swine flu vaccine, a popular supplement that could raise your risk of cancer and electronic medical records. more »
  • H1N1 vaccine at Southern

    November 15, 2009 8:22 PM

    The H1N1 flu vaccine will be available this week at Southern University's Baton Rouge campus. The vaccine is available for students and staff only, from Monday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. more »
  • DHH expands flu vaccine access

    November 11, 2009 2:19 PM

    The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today they have expanded the list of eligible people who can get the swine flu vaccine. This now includes adults 25 to 64 years old with chronic health problems. DHH officials say starting tommorow, the vaccine will be available at all... more »
  • Seasonal flu shots in short supply

    November 10, 2009 4:39 PM

    State health officials said demand for seasonal flu shots has been greater than expected this year, and it has resulted in mass vaccination clinics being postponed. The first was supposed to be held Friday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit, but it's been cancelled. State Health... more »
  • Parents can't get swine flu vaccine

    November 5, 2009 10:32 PM

    Even though seven-year-old Aubrey Picou is terminally ill, her parents have not been able to get the swine flu vaccine. Joshua and Emily Picou were denied the shot because they're over the cut-off age for vaccinations. That's despite the fact that their seven-year-old suffers from Spinal muscular atrophy type... more »
  • Doctors expect vaccinations to increase

    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 »
  • Swin flu spreads, vaccines low

    October 16, 2009 8:44 PM

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says swine flu is rampant in 41 states, including the deaths of children, 86 so far this year. The CDC also warned because of production delays, vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month. Delays in manufacuring the vaccine... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 16

    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 »
  • State to release swine flu plans

    October 9, 2009 9:54 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hosptials will hold a news conference at 11:00 am to discuss its H-1-N-1 vaccination plans. Distribution, availability and the ordering process for the vaccines will be topics of the meeting. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 7

    October 7, 2009 5:48 PM

    A possible vaccine for smokers and free blood pressure testing in Ascension Parish are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Swine flu vaccine comes to Louisiana

    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 »
  • Swine flu vaccine comes to LA

    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 »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 6

    October 6, 2009 5:36 PM

    A vaccine for cocaine addicts and the foods most likely to make you sick are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 1st swine flu vaccines coming to La.

    October 6, 2009 2:13 PM

    Louisiana expects its first 26,000 doses of swine flu vaccine on Wednesday, according to state health officials. About 50 pediatricians around the state will get the vaccine. The first shipment, which is a nasal spray, is targeted at children ages 2 to 5. Health officials say the injectable... more »
  • Students get free flu vaccine

    October 5, 2009 5:55 PM

    Nearly 200 students got vaccinated for the seasonal flu today to kick off East Baton Rouge Parish Schools' free flu vaccine program. Nurses will give students the inhaled version of the vaccine, flu-mist, which students find easier to handle than a traditional shot. "We have noticed that from... more »
  • First batches of swine flu vaccine arrive this week

    October 5, 2009 5:46 AM

    Vaccinations against the swine flu become available this week, but the initial shipments are so small that they're reserved for health care workers and certain at-risk children. Full vaccinations won't gear up until mid-month, when at least 40 million doses to fight the H1N1 flu will have rolled out, with... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish students get flu shots

    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 »
  • Flu Spray to arrive next week

    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 »
  • Three swine flu deaths reported this week

    September 25, 2009 4:38 PM

    Three people in Louisiana have died from the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, in the past week. That's according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. A female child and man from the Greater New Orleans area, and a man from the Lafayette area have died from the... more »
  • Free flu shots for seniors at Baton Rouge General

    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 »
  • E-mail warns against swine flu vaccine

    September 22, 2009 1:01 PM

    An e-mail is circulating around LSU's campus. The e-mail states that the swine flu vaccine is dangerous and could cause auto immune disorders. The contents of the e-mail also suggest that vitamin D3 is your best protection against the swine flu. The e-mail originated with neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock,... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Sept. 21

    September 21, 2009 5:43 PM

    Flu shots for kids, emergency room visits, how aspirin can help fight colon cancer, and the spread of lung cancer are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • U.S. orders more swine flu vaccine

    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 »
  • Neurosurgeon warns against swine flu vaccine

    September 21, 2009 1:06 PM

    Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board certified neurosurgeon, calls the swine flu vaccine dangerous and unnecessary. Dr. Blaylock's beliefs regarding the swine flu are being circulated through e-mail on LSU's Campus. The e-mail states an ingredient in the vaccine "has been shown to cause severe autoimmune disorders such as... more »
  • La. doctors to offer H1N1 shots

    September 15, 2009 5:22 PM

    Anyone interested in getting vaccinated against the swine flu should go to their doctor according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The instruction comes after the federal Food and Drug Administration approved the H1N1 or swine flu vaccine earlier today. "Individuals should talk with their health... more »
  • FDA approves new swine flu vaccine

    September 15, 2009 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the vaccine's approval to Congress - and says she hopes to get... more »
  • DHH expands flu vaccine access

    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 »

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