Health Blog

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Fight the Flu

Flu Season is Here

Flu can be a serious and even deadly illness, causing approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. The CDC and LDH recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are now available at local pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s office and federally qualified (community) health centers near you. 

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.

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

Health Data Portal

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health’s (OPH) mission is to protect and promote the health and wellness of all individuals and communities in Louisiana. In support of this mission, this data portal was developed to enable health, environmental, population and exposure information and data to be viewed and analyzed in one place.

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Recent News
March 17, 2017
More than 405,000 Louisiana residents who were uninsured a year ago now have coverage because of the Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act. That is even more than the state predicted would sign up.
March 16, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health reports that cases of mumps are beginning to appear in Louisiana. As of Wednesday, there have been 12 cases* of mumps reported by the LDH Office of Public Health.
March 10, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health will host a series of town hall meetings with clinical providers from across the state to solicit input on the selection of Medicaid performance quality measures.
March 09, 2017
With as many as 275,000 adult Louisiana residents involved in gaming activities, the odds are good that someone you know or love has an addiction to gambling.
March 09, 2017
The rate of babies born with syphilis is rising in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found the rate of congenital syphilis rose by 6% nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the Office of Public Health, Dr. DeAnn Gruber, says the problem is even worse in Louisiana.
March 06, 2017
Well-Ahead Louisiana, an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Restaurant Association and Oschner’s Eat Fit program have partnered together to provide healthy dining options in restaurants across the state.