Seasonal Flu Immunizations
Information about the 2016-17 flu vaccine availability coming soon!
Getting vaccinated against the flu is the single best way to prevent the flu. The flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu, make the illness less severe if you do get it, and keep you from spreading the virus to family and other people.
It is recommended that all individuals over the age of six months be vaccinated against the flu this year. Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu are especially advised to get the flu vaccine, including older people, pregnant women and those with asthma, diabetes, or other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies less than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.
Vaccine Information for 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 seasonal flu vaccination requires only one shot for most individuals. Children under age nine who have not received two flu immunizations before July 1, 2016 will need a second dose at least 4 weeks after receiving the first dose.
There are two types of flu vaccines available this year: the trivalent and the quadrivalent. Vaccine virus strains included in the 2016–17 U.S. trivalent influenza vaccines will be an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)–like virus, an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)–like virus, and a B/Brisbane/60/2008–like virus (Victoria lineage). Quadrivalent vaccines will include an additional influenza B virus strain, a B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage).
The nasal vaccine (mist) will not be available at THD this year, following the recommendation of the American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
A high dose vaccine designed for seniors age 65 and older is also available upon request while supplies last. The most important thing is to get a flu vaccine every year. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best options for you and your loved ones.
THD currently accepts Cigna, Community Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Choice, Medicare, SoonerCare and Medicaid for immunizations. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. It is always advisable to check with your insurance provider for coverage specifics before receiving immunizations, as you may be responsible for charges that are not covered by your insurance policy.
The cost for the flu shot is $25. Payment may be made in the form of cash, check or credit card. The vaccine is available at no cost for those who qualify, including uninsured adults 65 years and older and children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program while supplies last.
The flu vaccines will be offered while supplies last to anyone over the age of six months 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
Weekly Flu Update
During flu season, the Oklahoma State Department of Health provides weekly updates about their flu surveillance system. The updates are posted each Thursday by 10 a.m. We will provide a summary of the OSDH update each week. Here are the 2015-2016 flu season by the numbers (October 4, 2015 - May 24, 2016):
- 552 flu-associated hospitalizations and/or deaths in the state
- 13 flu-associated deaths in the state
- 3 flu-associated deaths in Tulsa County
The information above was last updated on Aug 4, 2016. For the most current information, visit OK FluView.
- Vaccines for Children Eligibility Requirements
- Vaccine Information Statement Influenza (Inactivated)
- Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the ACIP — United States, 2016–17 Influenza Season