With flu season underway, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding flu vaccination clinics across the state. 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.

11/16/2020 Ruston 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ruston Sports Complex
2001 Champions Way
11/16/2020 Oak Grove 10 a.m.-4 p.m. West Carroll Parish Health Unit
402 Beale St.
11/17/2020 Bastrop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Morehouse Parish Health Unit
650 School Road
11/17/2020 Farmerville 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Union Parish Health Unit
1002 Marion Hwy.
11/18/2020 Jonesboro 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jackson Parish Health Unit
228 Bond St.
11/18/2020 Rayville 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Richland Parish Health Unit
21 Lynn Gayle Robertson Road
11/19/2020 Columbia 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Caldwell Parish Health Unit
501 Collins Road
11/19/2020 Tallulah 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Madison Parish Health Unit
123 Bailey St.
11/20/2020 Winnsboro 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Franklin Parish Health Unit
6614 Main St.
11/20/2020 Lake Providence 10 a.m.-4 p.m. East Carroll Parish Health Unit
409 Second St.

If you miss these clinics, you can get your flu shot at 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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