BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new outreach program with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) will help local veterans get vaccinations for five weeks heading into the cold and flu season.
"We want all veterans in the area to know they can come here to receive their free immunization shots in preparation for the upcoming winter," said Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home Administrator Matthew Duhon.
Influenza and pneumococcal vaccines will be available at each of the department's five Veterans homes every Thursday throughout the month of November, except on Thanksgiving Day, and the first Thursday of December.
"This is the first time this program has been implemented," Duhon said. "This idea was presented by LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland who was looking for ways to reach out to veterans living outside of our Homes."
Officials said the shots are being provided at no cost to the Veterans Homes or the veterans. Those veterans hoping to receive immunization shots simply need to provide their DD-214 or a driver's license that identifying veteran status.
"LDVA is reaching out to veterans throughout the State by offering these vaccination service sessions at all of its Homes," Duhon said.
Vaccine dates will be held on Nov. 3, 10, 17, and Thursday, Dec. 1. To inquire about specific flu shot times at individual homes, please call the numbers below:
- Jennings: (337) 824-2829
- Bossier: (318) 741-2763
- Jackson: (225) 634-526
- Monroe: (318) 362-4206
- Reserve: (985) 479-4080
Officials said veterans do not have to be residents of the specific parishes to get the immunization shots as long as they have a form of identification proving they are a veteran.