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.

Medical Marijuana

Act 261 was passed in 2015 which allows physicians to prescribe (recommend) Medical Marijuana. The Legislature named the agriculture centers at Louisiana State University and Southern University as the only legal growers of marijuana plants, from which medicines will be extracted.

Health Blog

Check out the Department of Health’s new blog! Follow us at ladepthealth.blogspot.com for the latest updates on what our department is doing to improve the health of Louisiana residents.

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.

Visit our dashboard for enrollment details and statistics.

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Recent News
November 30, 2017
With flu season underway, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding a flu vaccination clinic in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Dec. 2. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
November 27, 2017
With flu season underway, the Louisiana Department of Health is holding a flu vaccination clinic in Amite on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana.
November 15, 2017
The Office of Public Health, Region 5, announced today it is temporarily relocating services and staff from the Jefferson Davis Parish Health Unit in Jennings to the health unit in Allen Parish. The temporary relocation is being done to allow for maintenance, inspections and repairs at the facility.
November 13, 2017
New data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy show there are fewer opioids being prescribed since Medicaid expansion began in July 2016.
November 13, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health has received a $550,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen its congenital syphilis activities and initiatives.
November 09, 2017
With flu season starting, the Louisiana Department of Health reminds all residents of the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine.