LAKE CHARLES—If you haven't gotten your flu shot, it's not too late. Louisiana's flu activity remains widespread and very high. Flu symptoms accounted for 15 percent of the state's doctor visits last week. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals wants to help protect you and your family from the flu. DHH is offering flu vaccinations to everyone Friday, February 25, 2011 at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Calcasieu Parish Health Unit
3236 Kirkman St.
Lake Charles, LA
Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
No appointment necessary
A flat fee of $10 will be charged for patients who fall into a fee-paying category, but services will not be denied due to inability to pay. Medicaid or Medicare participants must bring their insurance card to cover the cost. Parents are also asked to bring their child's vaccination records.
This year, the CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months get the flu vaccine. This year's flu vaccine will protect against both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. Medical studies show getting the flu vaccine has proven to be very safe and effective in preventing people from catching the flu.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine, vaccination is especially critical for certain groups of people who are at a higher risk of developing flu-related complications. Those groups include:
"Vaccination is also important for health care workers and other people who live with or care for high-risk individuals to keep from spreading flu to people who may be especially susceptible to the virus' effects. This includes anyone who works with babies younger than 6 months of age, who are not eligible for the vaccine themselves," said Dr. Frank Welch, DHH Immunization Medical Director. "This year's vaccine is plentiful and available at many places, including health care providers, pharmacies, some employers and Louisiana's parish health units."
In addition to getting the vaccine, DHH encourages the public to take other preventive actions to stop the spread of the flu:
For more information on flu activity by region in Louisiana and to find out how you can avoid being ill, visit http://www.fighttheflula.com/.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 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 DHH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's blog at http://www.myhealthla.org/, Twitter at http://twitter.com/La_Health_Dept and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LaHealthDept.