Public Health

December 01, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health reminds state residents to get their annual flu shot if they have not done so already. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than six months who does not have a complicating condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
November 30, 2016
Matthew Guidry of Opelousas, Louisiana, is one of thousands of Louisiana residents who is now getting care because of Medicaid expansion. Guidry, who has lived with sickle cell anemia almost all of his life, looked to the local emergency room for care. Although he could get relief for his pain there, it was much more difficult to find someone to treat his ongoing vision problems.
November 28, 2016
The Office of Public Health STD/HIV Program is seeking competitive proposals from qualified proposers to act as a program administrator and fiduciary agent for the statewide Health Insurance Program (HIP) for persons living with HIV.
November 22, 2016
Current Recommended Immunization Schedule of Infants and Children
November 17, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, have issued a new advisory concerning fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
November 16, 2016
David Armstead, HIV program monitor with the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health, has been named as one of the Top 100 people in the nation working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Armstead was recognized for his volunteer outreach efforts in the New Orleans area where he also serves as chair of the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council.
November 10, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. The department has identified nine additional West Nile cases, bringing the total count to 45, and five additional Zika cases confirmed, bringing the total to 39.
November 01, 2016
Reducing the incidence of premature birth in Louisiana is a goal of the Louisiana Department of Health and one in which improvements are being made. In just three years, the rate of preterm birth has been reduced from 15.1 percent to 12.3 percent. In spite of this improvement, communities in Louisiana still have some of the highest rates of preterm birth in the country.
October 31, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting six additional cases of West Nile virus in the state. There are no additional reported cases of Zika virus for this week. This brings the total West Nile virus cases to 36, with the Zika virus count remaining at 34 cases in 2016.
October 18, 2016
Nasal flu spray no longer recommended after being found ineffective by CDC