Quantcast

LA state health officials still urging residents to take precaut - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

LA state health officials still urging residents to take precautions against flu

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT - BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

Ten children have died in the U.S. from the flu this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

It's what claimed the life of a young Bossier City girl, and health officials across the state are still urging people to take extra precautions against the flu.

For many people, a few days rest and medication is enough to make it through a battle with the flu.

But for others, the complications associated with the virus can come on quickly and cause irreparable damage.

The virus heads straight for the body's respiratory system, attacking the nose, throat and lungs.

"Probably the most feared complication is a pneumonia that can develop typically around day 7 or 10," explains Dr. Paul Bracey, an emergency medicine specialist at Urgent Care in Shreveport.

That can often take the form of staph pneumonia, difficult to treat, and capable of causing fluid build-up and reducing oxygen supply to the lungs.

"It can affect your blood pressure and things like that. You can go into shock a little easier."

Dr. Bracey says the flu can also bring on ear infections, worsen asthma, and cause seizures in children.

In fact, studies show that H1N1 causes more neurological complications in kids than the seasonal flu.

"Anytime something foreign presents, our immune system responds and the flu tends to generate a very vigorous immune response. That's one of the theories as to why people in their 20's and 30's have more severe illness with H1N1 typically than with seasonal flu."

He says parents should keep a close eye on any behavior changes in children, such as decreased energy, no appetite, and for babies, a lack of urine in diapers.

"Fever is very common but it's not mandatory. You don't have to have fever when you have influenza."

Bossier Parish Schools say some principals are sending home information explaining to parents when they should keep their child home from school.

Health experts emphasize the first line of defense is still a flu shot. You should check with your local pharmacy or family doctor for availability.

Additionally, hand washing is strongly urged to help stop the spread of the disease and try not to touch your face.

Symptoms that shouldn't be ignored include difficulty breathing, lasting high fever, sudden dizziness, and pain or pressure in your chest.

Funeral arrangements are set for 8-year-old Kaitlyn Mills, who died from complications of H1N1, and was a student at Central Park Elementary School in Bossier City.

The visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Winnfield Funeral Home on Hollywood Avenue in Shreveport.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 11:30 a.m. at New Zion Baptist Church in Bossier.

An account is set up at Barksdale Federal Credit Union in Kaitlyn Mills' name to help with the unexpected expenses.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says high tech lab tests have confirmed at least 20 influenza deaths statewide since tracking began on Oct. 1, 2013.

Since October, the CDC estimates in Louisiana there may have been up to 300,000 cases, up to 500 hospitalizations, and as many as 200 deaths caused by influenza or flu-related complications.

  • KTBS 3 InvestigatesMore>>

  • KTBS 3 Investigation finds low levels of chlorine in Shreveport's public pools

    KTBS 3 Investigation finds low levels of chlorine in Shreveport's public pools

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:00:13 GMT
    National data from the CDC reveals one in eight pool inspections found serious violations that threatened public health and safety and resulted in immediate closure. Pretty gross, right? 
    National data from the CDC reveals one in eight pool inspections found serious violations that threatened public health and safety and resulted in immediate closure. Pretty gross, right? 
  • Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:28:29 GMT
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
  • Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:14:50 GMT
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:51:53 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • Bossier's 30th Young Marines class graduates

    Bossier's 30th Young Marines class graduates

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:33:50 GMT
    Photo courtesy Allen J.M. Smith, BPSOPhoto courtesy Allen J.M. Smith, BPSO
    Twenty-nine recruits ranging from eight years old to teen years earned the title as Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines as Class 30 graduated in front of a packed house of 200 people Friday night at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation in Bossier City.
    Twenty-nine recruits ranging from eight years old to teen years earned the title as Bossier Sheriff's Young Marines as Class 30 graduated in front of a packed house of 200 people Friday night at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation in Bossier City.
  • KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home opens for public tours

    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home opens for public tours

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:24:04 GMT
    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery.KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery.
    The 2014 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is now open for weekend tours.
    The 2014 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is now open for weekend tours.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Beating "Back to School" stress in students

    Beating "Back to School" stress in students

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:03:54 GMT
    Saying goodbye to summer is hard for most of us. But if you're a kid coming back from summer break looking towards the school year, the next couple of weeks could be tough. 
    Saying goodbye to summer is hard for most of us. But if you're a kid coming back from summer break looking towards the school year, the next couple of weeks could be tough. 
  • Do your part & help "Stuff the Bus"

    Do your part & help "Stuff the Bus"

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:33:12 GMT
    Your generous donations continue to roll in for our Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign.Today the bus, which we plan to stuff with much needed school supplies, will be parked at Whataburger on Bert Kouns near Youree Drive from 9am-3pm.
    Your generous donations continue to roll in for our Operation A+ Stuff the Bus campaign.Today the bus, which we plan to stuff with much needed school supplies, will be parked at Whataburger on Bert Kouns near Youree Drive from 9am-3pm.
  • School bus safety

    School bus safety

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:28:19 GMT

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school.

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Homeowner who triumphed over Trump is moving on

    Homeowner who triumphed over Trump is moving on

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:23:01 GMT
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
  • Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

    Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:57:04 GMT
    Northern Colorado got the brunt of heavy rains that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range.
    Heavy rain has brought much-needed moisture to Colorado's drought-stricken plains and has tested the recovery efforts in the foothill communities hit hard by flooding in September.
  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:17:00 GMT
    After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
    After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File