LAKE CHARLES— To help parents in southwest Louisiana prepare their children for school and daycare this fall and to protect them from preventable diseases, the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health is hosting back-to-school immunization events at parish health units and mobile clinics throughout the area.

 With these events, the Office of Public Health continues toward its goal of having every child in Louisiana up-to-date on their immunizations.

 Immunization has proven to be a safe and effective way of preventing illness and death from many infectious diseases. The low cost and high effectiveness of vaccination ensure that every dollar spent on vaccination is repaid many times over because of reduced hospital costs, in addition to lives that remain productive.

 

The following health units in the Lake Charles Region will hold back-to-school events at the dates and times noted.

 

Jefferson Davis Parish Health Unit

403 Baker Street

Jennings, La  70546

Friday, July 31, 2009

9a.m.-3p.m. (Walk-in clinic)

Appointments are not necessary.  For more information, call (337) 824-2193.

 

Allen Parish Health Unit

145 Hospital Drive

Oakdale, La  71463

Friday, July 31, 2009

8a.m.-3p.m. (Walk-in clinic)

Appointments are not necessary.  For more information, call (318) 335-1147.

 

Beauregard Parish Health Unit

216 Evangeline Street

DeRidder, La  70634

Friday, July 31, 2009

8a.m.-11:30a.m. (By appointment only)

Please call for an appointment.  For more information, call (337) 463-4486.        

 

In Cameron Parish, services will be provided on the March of Dimes Mom & Baby mobile unit at each of the following facilities.  The following events are being hosted by the Cameron Parish Health Unit:

 

South Cameron Memorial Hospital               Grand Lake High School

5360 West Creole Hwy                                  1039 Hwy 384

Cameron, La  70631                                       Grand Lake, La 70607

Tuesday, July 21, 2009                                   Tuesday, July 28, 2009

9:30a.m.-2p.m. (Walk-in Clinic)                   9a.m.-3p.m. (Walk-in Clinic)           

 

Johnson Bayou Community Center               Hackberry Rural Health Clinic                                             

5556 Gulf Beach Hwy                                    1020 Main Street

Cameron, La  70631                                       Hackberry, La  70645

Tuesday, August 4, 2009                                Tuesday, August 4, 2009

9:30a.m.-11a.m. (Walk-in Clinic)                 1p.m.-3p.m. (Walk-in Clinic)

 

 Appointments are not necessary for Cameron Parish sites.  For more information, call (337) 480-2582.

 Parents or caregivers who take advantage of the no-cost immunizations should bring their children’s shot records for updating.

 For more information on the Louisiana Immunization Program, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=265 .

 The Louisiana Department of Health serves to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

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