October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women, there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer. Let’s work together to find a solution. 

Flu Season Is Here

Getting your annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community. Flu shots are now available at local pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices and federally qualified (community) health centers near you.

Health Blog

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How Prevalent is Opioid Abuse?

Opioid abuse is a problem in Louisiana where almost all indicators…addiction to opioid medications, overdose deaths, emergency room admissions and over-prescribing…are evidence of the problem.

Healthy Louisiana Coverage

Medicaid Expansion is now making Healthy Louisiana a reality. Since beginning enrollment on July 1, 2016 for working adults who are now eligible for health care coverage, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for coverage and are now getting primary care and screenings that prevent serious illnesses and costly treatments.

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October 19, 2017
With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding flu vaccination clinics throughout the central region of the state. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
October 19, 2017
As of Oct. 19, 49 cases of a gastrointestinal illness have been confirmed with 31 people hospitalized. One death has occurred and an autopsy is occurring to determine if the death was caused by this illness or other causes. The ages of those with a confirmed illness range from 15 years old to 70.
October 17, 2017
With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health is scheduling flu vaccination clinics throughout the state. A flu clinic is set for Wednesday, October 18 in Winnfield. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
October 16, 2017
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
October 12, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen New Orleans-area oyster growing waters, Areas 1-13, effective 30 minutes before sunrise on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The areas had previously been closed as a precaution due to adverse weather conditions from Tropical System Nate.
October 12, 2017
With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health is scheduling flu vaccination clinics throughout the state. The first clinic is set for Monday, October 16 in Thibodaux. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.