Baton Rouge General Offers Flu Shots for Seniors

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General is hosting a free flu shot event for seniors, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City hospital (Entrance 4).

Flu shots are free for seniors with Medicare 65 Part B and Medicare Advantage Plans, and most major insurances are accepted. Seniors must bring their Medicare card and photo ID. No appointment is necessary. At the event, flu shots will also be available for the general public, ages 10 years and older, for $30. For more information, visit or call (225) 763-4281. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main hospital entrance located at 3600 Florida Boulevard and at Entrance 4 located at the corner of Acadian and North Boulevard. Free parking is also available in the hospital parking garage.

The seasonal flu vaccine is the best defense against the flu but it is particularly important for seniors to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu because our immune system weakens as we age. The CDC estimates that 90% of seasonal flu-related deaths and 50-60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in those 65 years and older.

As our region’s NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) designated “Senior-Friendly” hospital, Baton Rouge General encourages all seniors to receive the flu shot as early as possible to protect themselves against the flu.

Baton Rouge General also reminds everyone to take simple everyday precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu:
  • Clean your hands frequently
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you have flu-like symptoms

If you experience flu symptoms, including congestion, sore throat, fever, chills, headache and fatigue, call your physician and make an appointment. To find a primary care physician, click here.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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