With the unexpected arrival of the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before a vaccine would be released to the public for a return to normal. However, so many are against the newly released vaccine, but for what reason? Dr. Anita Sharma speaks with Shirley Merrick, executive director of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs, about the importance of increasing the rates of COVID-19 vaccination among older adults. 

Why do you think vaccination rates have decreased in the past few months, especially among senior citizens?

Baton Rouge, La. (September 1, 2021) — Today, the Louisiana Department of Health sadly confirms the deaths of two children younger than age 18 during the fourth surge of COVID-19 in the state, which is largely driven by the stronger, more contagious Delta variant. The Louisiana Department of Health today reports 12,380 deaths from COVID, including these children, bringing the total deaths in the state from COVID-19 to 12,582.

Louisiana Ends Most COVID-19 Restrictions

May 26, 2021
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Following months of improvement in COVID-19 hospitalizations and with nearly three million vaccine doses administered, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed an updated public health emergency order that removes all remaining business capacity restrictions and the vast majority of masking requirements. This week, Louisiana hit its lowest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the very early days of the pandemic.

Alzheimer's disease is increasingly becoming more common in the world today, especially the United States. Dr. Anita Sharma meets with Cindy Barnes, corporate support representative at 90.3 KEDM Public Radio, to discuss the role of caregivers to those diagnosed with this heartbreaking disease.

Important issues when providing care to someone with Alzheimer's:

The Louisiana Department of Health will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following a decision late Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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A healthy diet has always been a recommendation of health professionals. To maintain "healthy aging," eating lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables is even more vital as we get older. Angie O'Pry with Fiesta Nutrition Center talks about how to stay young with age. 

The Fountain of Youth

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Today, Louisiana officially surpassed 10,000 people who have died from COVID-19, just over a year from when the state recorded its first COVID-19 death. The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed 10,030 people have died in its Monday COVID-19 data update.

The development and distribution of a vaccine to end the COVID-19 pandemic has been a desperate need for things to go back to "normal." However, some are hesitant to take the vaccine due to its quick development.

Dr. David Holcombe explains in-depth as to how the COVID-19 vaccine works and what to expect after getting vaccinated. 

On the effectiveness of the vaccine

The current estimate is the vaccine will last up to a year, but not much can be said yet considering it is still a new vaccine.

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Click here for intormation on where to receive COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana. The Louisiana COVID-19 Vaccincation Hotline is 1-855-453-0774 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Callers can find vaccination sites near them and schedule a vaccination.

Here is the daily updated data from the Louisiana Department of Health. These numbers are updated at 12 noon each day.

Louisiana Department of Health Update

Apr 8, 2020
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The Louisiana Department of Health has extended its Emergency Order to align with the Governor’s Executive Order that has been extended to April 30. The LDH extension applies to all previously issued LDH Notices and Orders and shall remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, but may be further extended by subsequent order of the State Health Officer. Click here to see the order.