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  • Experimental Zika vaccine to begin human testing

    June 20, 2016 11:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials. Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage safety tests of its DNA-based... 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 »
  • Many doctors don't urge HPV shots for preteens, study says

    January 4, 2016 11:32 AM

    CHICAGO - Researchers say the results of a new survey suggest that some doctors need a clearer understanding of reasons to vaccinate preteens against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus. The survey in the publication Pediatrics finds that many pediatricians and family doctors are not strongly recommending the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine to... more »
  • USDA awards contracts to 2 companies for bird flu vaccines

    October 14, 2015 11:39 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A federal agency has awarded contracts to two companies to manufacture a bird flu vaccine. But officials haven't decided whether to give the doses to poultry to protect against a disease that led to the destruction of 48 million chickens and turkeys this spring. ... more »
  • Number of vaccinations up in La., still below average 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 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 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 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 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 »

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