Dr. Frank Welch, Immunization Medical Director for Louisiana's Department of Health and Human Services, tells 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty that cases of the flu sweeping the state are "the worst I've ever seem this early in the season."

The doctor tells KEEL listeners that, from year to year, there are various strains of the flu, and that he, and other experts, "don't really know why Louisiana started out in early December," and that, normally, the flu season in our state doesn't peak until later in the winter.