(10/10/2018) The Louisiana Department of Health wants you to avoid the flu this year. They have released a schedule of flu clinics being held across the station of Louisiana.

Clinics in our region include:

10/18/2018  8am-3pm

Grant Parish Health Unit
340 A. Webb Smith Dr.
Colfax, LA 71417

10/23/2018  8am-3pm

Rapides Parish Health Unit
5604A Coliseum Blvd.
Alexandria, LA 71303

10/24/2018  8am-3pm

LaSalle Parish Health Unit
1673 North Second St.
Jena, LA 71342

10/25/2018 8am-3pm

Winn Parish Health Unit
301 W. Main St., Suite 101
Winnfield, LA 71483

10/25/2018  8am-3pm

Catahoula Parish Health Unit
200 Third St.
Jonesville, LA 71343

10/30/2018  8am-3pm

Concordia Parish Health Unit
905 Mickey Gilley Ave.
Ferriday, LA 71334

11/2/2018  1pm-6pm

Ouachita Parish Health Unit
1650 Desiard St.
Monroe, LA  71201
(Drive–Through Clinic)

CLICK HERE to see the entire list of state mass vaccination clinics.

Below is the full press release from the Louisiana Department of Health:

Baton Rouge, La. (October 10, 2018) – With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health is scheduling flu vaccination days to be held throughout the state. These one-day clinics will allow people to come in and get a flu shot at little or no cost to the patient.

The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. However, in Louisiana last year, there were more than 15,000 hospitalizations and more than 1,600 deaths from the flu. Of those more than 1,600 deaths, 5 were pediatric deaths.

“Getting vaccinated not only protects you from the flu, but it also protects those around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness,” said Dr. Frank Welch, immunization director for the Louisiana Department of Health. “A flu shot is your best defense in both reducing your chances of getting the flu and spreading it.”

These community flu clinics are open to the public, and walk-ups are welcome. Wear short or loose-fitting sleeves and bring your private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare card with you. For those without insurance, the shot will cost $10.

Click here for the listing of all clinics.

Flu Shot Facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over 6 months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the flu shot. 

A flu shot is especially crucial for people who may be at higher risk for serious complications. This includes babies and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older. 

The flu shot is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who can pass on antibodies to their babies that will help protect them.

The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately but takes about two weeks to offer full protection.

Flu shots are also available at local pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices and federally qualified (community) health centers. Check flushot.healthmap.org for a flu shot provider near you. 

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.

About the Louisiana Department of Health 

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. The Louisiana Department of Health includes the Office of Public Health, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, and Healthy Louisiana (Medicaid). To learn more, visit www.ldh.la.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our blog.