The Louisiana Department of Health (DHH) will be offering free or low-cost back to school immunizations for qualifying individuals beginning July 21 at parish health units across Region 5.

"Parents need to know that vaccinations are not only safe, but they're also one of the most successful tools we've ever used to help kids stay healthy," said LDH Immunization Medical Director Dr. Frank Welch. "School vaccination laws have helped significantly reduce the occurrence of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, influenza, mumps, whooping cough and pneumonia."

Children who are uninsured, are American Indian or Alaskan native, or who have insurance that does not cover vaccinations are eligible to receive vaccinations at parish health units. Parents of children who have insurance should contact their primary care provider for vaccination services.

See the schedule below for vaccination clinic dates. To make an appointment or find out if you qualify, call the clinic nearest you.

Calcasieu Parish Health Unit

3236 Kirkman Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
(337) 478-6020
July 21, 2015   8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
August 4, 2015   8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Allen Parish Health Unit

145 Hospital Drive
Oakdale, LA 70163
(318) 335-1147
July 28, 2015   8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Cameron Parish Health Unit 

107 Recreation Center Lane
Cameron, LA 70631
(337) 775-5368
July 29, 2015   8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
August 5, 2015  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Beauregard Parish Health Unit

216 Evangeline Street
Deridder, LA 70634
(337) 463-4486                                                                      
July 29, 2015   8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Jefferson Davis Parish Health Unit

403 Baker Street
Jennings, LA 70546
(337) 824-2193 
July 30, 2015   9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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 citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's Twitter account and Facebook.