The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Shots for Tots Program is sending out reminder postcards this week to Louisiana parents with children under the age of two who may not be up-to-date on their immunizations.  This initiative is a part of the ongoing effort to improve Louisiana’s immunization rates.

Through the LINKS system, LDH can identify those children who may be due for one or more immunizations and notify their parents.  Currently, LINKS is in use in about half of all doctors’ offices and all parish health units that provide immunizations.

Parents bringing their children to a parish health unit for immunizations are encouraged to bring the reminder postcard with them.  It will be scanned, and the child’s immunization record will be pulled up in LINKS.  This helps to expedite the immunization process.

During the week of April 24, which has been proclaimed National Infant Immunization Week in Louisiana, parish health units and participating partner clinics throughout the state will be offering extended hours to make the immunization process more convenient for parents.  Parish health units will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

More details on participating health units and partners clinics will be made available the week prior to the event.