February 07, 2014
Louisiana’s weekly flu report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes two new pediatric deaths, one of which occurred in early January and was just reported to the Department of Health and Hospitals this week. So far this flu season, four children have died from the flu in Louisiana. State law requires hospitals and health care professionals report all flu deaths in children to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the state shares that information weekly with the CDC. The latest pediatric deaths are from Southeast and Southwest Louisiana. The two previous deaths were in Northwest and Southeast Louisiana.