Public Health

October 15, 2019
With flu season starting early, the Louisiana Department of Health is now holding flu vaccination clinics throughout the state. These one-day clinics will allow people to come in and get a flu shot at no cost to the patient. Last year in Louisiana, there were more than 14,000 hospitalizations, and more than 1,400 deaths attributed to the flu.
October 10, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health is holding a health clinic day for teenagers ages 13 to 19 at the Calcasieu Parish Health Unit, 3236 Kirkman St. in Lake Charles, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019.
October 09, 2019
Louisiana’s case rates of primary and secondary syphilis, congenital syphilis and gonorrhea improved from 2017 to 2018, showing the Louisiana Department of Health’s efforts toward STD prevention are making a positive impact.
September 24, 2019
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health released Louisiana’s Opioid Response Plan, the first of its kind for the state. The plan aims to successfully reduce Louisiana’s opioid epidemic by implementing strategies to address the under-reporting of opioid deaths, enhance monitoring of opioid prescriptions and increase access to treatment services.
September 06, 2019
Those attempting to contact the Region 7 Office of Public Health by telephone will be unable to do so temporarily as the phone system undergoes upgrades. Region 7 serves Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River, Sabine and Webster parishes.
September 05, 2019
Through a $4.9 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Louisiana Department of Health will fund opioid surveillance programs aimed at strengthening prevention strategies to tackle the opioid epidemic in Louisiana.
September 05, 2019
Media is invited to join the Louisiana Department of Health's Opioid Action Summit's Town Hall discussion. The town hall session is open to the public. The summit is designed to bring awareness to and share ways to respond to the national opioid epidemic, which has had devastating consequences for Louisiana and the nation. In 2018, there were more than 450 opioid-involved deaths, a 184% increase over 2012. Staff from across the Department will appear alongside state and national experts on opioid abuse.
September 04, 2019
Due to the growing number of people throughout the country who have been hospitalized with severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarette products, the Louisiana Department of Health is asking physicians and other healthcare providers to report these suspect cases to state health officials.
August 30, 2019
Recent testing of waters from Lake Pontchartrain shows a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, sometimes referred to as blue-green algae, is below the limit recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of swimmers.
August 29, 2019
Current (2019) Louisiana Office of Public Health's Recommended Immunization Schedule of Infants and Children