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No cost flu vaccines still available at local health units

No cost flu vaccines still available at local health units

The Louisiana Department of Health will continue to offer flu vaccines at no cost at parish health units across the state until Monday, February 12. The vaccine is available to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine this flu season.

Because of the level of flu activity and the success of the no-cost flu clinics held last week when more than 2,800 vaccines were administered at more than 60 locations across the state, the Department is extending this effort to meet the demand and need for flu vaccinations in Louisiana.

“Louisiana is experiencing a severe flu season and the strain of the flu we are seeing now is one that typically causes more severe illness, and results in higher hospitalization rates and deaths,” said Dr. Frank Welch, state immunization medical director. “Hospitals continue to report large numbers of sick patients and providers are reporting high numbers of patient visits due to flu and flu-like symptoms.”

To schedule an appointment to receive a vaccination, contact the Parish Health Unit nearest to you, 133 W. 112th St., Galliano, 985-632-5567, or 2535 Veterans Blvd., Thibodaux, 985-447-0921, and then call to schedule your visit.