The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) in Region 7 (Northwest Louisiana) is preparing residents for flu season by hosting a drive-thru vaccine clinic on Wednesday, October 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at Ochsner LSU Health – St. Mary Medical Center’s Fountain, 1 St. Mary Place, Shreveport.
Flu vaccines are available at no cost to individuals. However, if you have insurance, bring your insurance card for billing purposes.
Ochsner LSU Health – St. Mary Medical Center will also offer skin cancer screenings at the event.
Additional flu vaccination clinics will be offered around the region later this fall. Region 7 serves the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine and Webster.
Flu vaccine guidance 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and LDH recommend that all individuals ages 6 months and older receive a flu shot by the end of October. The flu shot is particularly encouraged among high-risk populations such as pregnant women, children below the age of 5, adults ages 65 and up, and immunocompromised children and adults with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.