With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding flu vaccination clinics throughout the central region of the state. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
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.
Friday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Avoyelles Parish Health Unit
657 Government Street
Marksville, LA 71351
Concordia Parish Health Unit
905 Mickey Gilley Ave.
Ferriday, LA 71334
Rapides Parish Health Unit
5604 Coliseum Blvd.
Alexandria, LA 71303
Vernon Parish Health Unit
406 W. Fertitta Blvd.
Leesville, LA 71446
Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Catahoula Parish Health Unit
200 Third Street
Jonesville, LA 71343
Grant Parish Health Unit
340-A Webb Smith Drive
Colfax, LA 71417
Monday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
LaSalle Parish Health Unit
1673 N. Second Street
Jena, LA 71342
There is no cost for a flu shot with proof of insurance. For those without insurance, the cost is $10.
Flu Shot Facts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Heath recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six 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 office 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.
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. To learn more about LDH, visit www.ldh.la.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow LDH's Twitter account, Facebook and blog.