Public Health

July 14, 2014
The new school year is approaching, is your child ready? Preparation isn't limited to getting uniforms and school supplies. Every child should be protected before heading to the classroom and that means being certain they are up-to-date on their childhood vaccinations. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds parents that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.
July 08, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reported the state's first human cases of West Nile virus of 2014. The three cases were recently confirmed in Livingston Parish and were all asymptomatic, meaning these individuals did not know they were infected, and only found out while donating blood or having blood work.
June 25, 2014
The Louisiana Tobacco Control Program (LTCP) is a state program within the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Office of Public Health’s (OPH) Health Promotion Team.
June 13, 2014
The Louisiana Departments of Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries announced two new rules regarding the commercial harvest of oysters intended for raw consumption. These new rules are in effect daily and will help ensure the safety of oysters intended for raw consumption and simplify harvesting practices to support Louisiana’s fisheries. The new rules require two major changes to the way oysters are currently harvested:
May 28, 2014
Are you ready for hurricane season? Now is the time to get ready; hurricane season starts Sunday. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) encourages Louisiana residents to begin planning now for how they will protect their families, homes and property if tropical weather impacts the state.
May 21, 2014
The summer vacation season is upon us. That means fun in the sun and staying cool in the inviting waters of Louisiana’s beaches, rivers, lakes and pools. Before jumping in for a refreshing swim, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds everyone to be safe and cautious. A fun and exciting day on the water can quickly turn tragic, and people can become sick if they don’t know the risks and take precautions.
April 28, 2014
The Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Tool Kit was created for health care professionals as a reference guide for routine care of infants and children who may be at risk for lead exposure. This tool kit was developed by the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCPPP) and contains additional resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
April 14, 2014
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy Kliebert were joined by dozens of local supporting organizations to launch the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative, which will designate healthy places around the state that voluntarily champion and embrace health and wellness. The program is a state-wide effort to partner with schools, businesses and other organizations in local communities to give Louisianians more control and ownership of their health.
March 28, 2014
This month, the Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health awarded $3.75 million to North Franklin Water Works through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program (DWRLF). The loan will help pay for much needed improvements and upgrades to the water system.
March 24, 2014
The Department of Health and Hospitals on Monday announced that around 95 percent of the state’s drinking water systems have complied with an emergency rule issued last year requiring increased disinfectant levels in drinking water and increased monitoring of water quality.