The Louisiana Department of Health is holding a flu vaccination clinic in Thibodaux from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium, 300 N. Canal Blvd. This year, the flu shot is more important than ever as COVID-19 remains active statewide.
Community flu clinics are open to the public, and walk-ups are welcome. Wear short or loose-fitting sleeves and bring your private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare card if you have it. Your insurance will be billed.
If you miss this clinic, you can get your flu shot at another Department of Health flu clinic, your pharmacy or your doctor's office.
Flu shot facts
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Heath recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over 6 months of age.
- A flu shot is especially crucial for people who may be at higher risk for serious complications. This includes babies and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.
- The flu shot is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who can pass on antibodies to their babies that will help protect them.
- The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately, but takes about two weeks to offer full protection.
- Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and typically peaks between December and February.
- Last year in Louisiana, the flu was associated with more than 15,000 hospitalizations, more than 1,600 deaths and 5 pediatric deaths.
- Influenza is especially serious in long-term care facilities (nursing homes). Severe and even fatal illness can be introduced by healthcare workers, visitors and newly admitted residents.
- The flu has a tremendous impact on school attendance and on the families of school children. An estimated 28% of school-aged children get influenza each year.
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