The Immunization Program within the LDH Office of Public Health administers the Vaccines for Children Program, through which public, purchased vaccine is available at no charge to enrolled public and private health care providers for eligible children.
Children up to age 18 are available for vaccines through this program if they are:
- Medicaid Eligible
- American Indian or Alaskan Native - as defined by the Indian Health Services Act.
Underinsured children are eligible to receive vaccine only if they are served by a Federally Qualified Health Center, Rural Health Clinic or Parish Health Unit.
Children who have health insurance that covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for program benefits.
It is important to understand that no vaccine is 100 percent “safe”. Vaccines can cause minor side effects such as fevers or rashes and can sometimes also result in some serious side effects, just like medications.To learn more about the possible side effects of vaccines, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on vaccines.
The Immunizations Program works with health officials around the state to update and monitor the Louisiana Immunization Network for Kids (LINKS). This web application allows doctors, nurses and other health professionals to search for their patients' vaccination records in a central location. In addition, authorized users can add and edit patient records and vaccination records, as well as maintain facility, physician, and lot number data.
Request Immunization Records
There are several ways individuals may request a copy of their family's immunization records:
- Healthcare providers
- Parish Health Unit
- Contact the OPH Immunization Program
- Visit LA MyIR review, download and print your family's official immunization records online-LA MyIR is ideal for proof of immunization for school or camp registration, seeing a new healthcare provider, tracking boosters and yearly immunizations, like the flu shot, managing immunization records for an elderly parent, preparing for foreign travel...and more!"
CDC Immunization Schedules and Quiz
- Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz
- Adult Immunization Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group
- Adult Immunization Schedule by Medical and Other Indications
Adult vaccinations are an essential part of keeping healthy, and reducing the risk of illness, disability, and death due to vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccines are available for adults to prevent serious diseases such as influenza (flu), pneumonia, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), herpes zoster (shingles), human papilloma virus, hepatitis A and B. Adult immunization depends on several factors, including age, prior vaccinations, lifestyle, health conditions, job, pregnancy status, travel, and other considerations. Answer the Adult Vaccine Quiz questions, get a list of vaccines you may need based on your answers (this list may include vaccines you have already had) and discuss the vaccines on the list with your healthcare professional. Vaccines for adults are available from healthcare providers and pharmacist vaccinators in Louisiana. Uninsured and underinsured adults are eligible for vaccination at parish health units.
Vaccines during Pregnancy
CDC provides guidelines for vaccines needed before, during and after pregnancy. Some vaccines, such as the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, should be given a month or more before pregnancy. The Tdap vaccine (to help protect against whooping cough), is given during the third trimester of pregnancy. Other vaccines, like the flu shot, can be given before, during or after pregnancy. It is safe to receive vaccines right after giving birth, even for breastfeeding mothers. The adult immunization schedule, with recommendations for pregnancy is approved by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Vaccines help protect mothers and babies against serious diseases. Answer the Adult Vaccine Quiz questions, get a list of vaccines you may need based on your answers (this list may include vaccines you have already had) and discuss the vaccines on the list with your healthcare professional. Vaccines for adults are available from healthcare providers and pharmacist vaccinators in Louisiana. Uninsured and underinsured adults are eligible for vaccination at parish health units.
Specialty Vaccine Programs