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Flu Season Continues in Oklahoma

Flu Season Continues in Oklahoma

TULSA, OK - [February 16, 2017] – As the flu season continues, the Tulsa Health Department encourages all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination. The best prevention against the flu is to receive the vaccine.

According to Oklahoma State Department of Health, there have been 1,127 influenza-associated hospitalizations statewide since surveillance for the 2016-2017 season began on October 2, 2016. The largest number of flu-related hospitalizations has been reported among persons age 65 and older.

OSDH reported 1 influenza-associated death in Tulsa County during the last week, bringing the total to 9. Flu has claimed the lives of 28 Oklahomans this season.

“We still have the flu vaccine available, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your flu shot,” said Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart.  “Some people, such as older adults, young children and people with underlying health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. Individuals who receive the vaccine are not only protecting themselves but also those around them.”

The flu vaccines will be offered to anyone six months and older on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the following Tulsa Health Department locations:

  • James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa, OK
  • Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, OK
  • North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa OK  

The flu vaccine will also be offered at the following locations:

  • Collinsville Community Health Center | 1201 W. Center, Collinsville, OK
    Call (918) 596-8650 for clinic dates and times
  • Sand Springs Health Center | 306 E. Broadway, Sand Springs, OK
    Call (918) 591-6100 for clinic dates and times

An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Vaccination is especially important for those persons at high risk from flu complications including people 50 years of age and older, young children, persons with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, other long-term health conditions, and pregnant women. 

In addition to getting your flu shot, the Tulsa Health Department reminds you to follow these prevention tips:

  • Frequent hand washing using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Make “respiratory hygiene” a habit, including use of tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and washing hands at once. When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands.
  • Stay home from work, school, and other public places if you are ill.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a provider as soon as possible. A provider may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. Antiviral drugs may be used as a prevention measure to prevent especially vulnerable persons such as infants less than 6 months old, or persons of any age with a medical condition which severely suppresses their immune system. 

Please visit www.tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment. Visit www.health.ok.gov for Oklahoma flu updates posted every Thursday.

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