With flu season underway, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding a flu vaccination clinic in Baton Rouge on Dec. 2. The clinic will be held at the Bon Carré Business Center, 7241 Florida Blvd.
There is no cost for a flu shot with proof of insurance. For those without insurance, the cost is $10. Wear short or loose-fitting sleeves and bring your private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare card.
Community flu clinics are open to the public, and walk-ups are welcome.
The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Heath recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the flu shot.
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 who are 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.
Flu shots are also available at local pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices, and federally qualified (community) health centers. Check flushot.healthmap.org for a flu shot provider near you.
Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.