Health Department News

Take it off Oklahoma!

Join us for the next three months on a journey to help Oklahoma lose weight! Take It Off Oklahoma is a three-month weight loss challenge coordinated by FOX 25 News and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

'​Skeeter Meter' Status: Low

OCCHD epidemiologists will use data from the following sources: temperature, mosquito trap counts, disease rate within captured mosquitoes, complaints from residents, human surveillance which includes West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in the state and throughout the Oklahoma County area to determine the risk.

Free Community Baby Shower for Young Parenting Families

Join us at the Embassy Suites - Downtown Medical Center - on June 29th for a Free Community Baby Shower and Resource Fair. The event is for young Pregnant and Parenting Families and will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Two Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

​OCCHD experts confirm two positive mosquito samples to be carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) this week in Oklahoma County. OCCHD Mosquito Program Coordinator Tre Williams said, “Residents need to eliminate any sources of stagnant water and always wear repellent containing DEET.”

Sequoyah and Oakridge Neighborhoods We Need Your Feedback!

​The Oakridge and Sequoyah Learning & Wellness Academies will accommodate diverse partnerships and programming to address the needs of each neighborhood. The academies will provide safe places for youth, families and individuals to access healthcare and wellness programming. If you are a resident of the neighborhoods surrounding Oakridge Elementary or Sequoyah Elementary, we want your feedback! Let us know what programs, services and activities you want to see at the new OCCHD Learning & Wellness Academy in your neighborhood.

Measles reaches Oklahoma: What you should do

​Epidemiologists are monitoring facts surrounding the confirmed measles case in Okmulgee County. OCCHD works closely with Tulsa County Health and the Oklahoma Department of Health regarding any possible outbreaks of preventable diseases.

Join Us For A Town Hall

Next year, Oakridge and Sequoyah Elementary School sites will be re-purposed into neighborhood centers known as Heath and Learning Academies, operated by the OKC-County Health Department. We invite you to give your ideas on programming and services that would benefit the residents living nearby the elementary school sites.

OCCHD Celebrates National Nurses Week

​Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) joins the American Nurses Association, health care professionals, patients, and families during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, in recognizing the vital role nurses play improving the health outcomes of entire populations. Public health nurses are the first line of defense to prevent illness and injury. The theme of this year’s National Nurses Week is “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.”

The Importance of the MMR Vaccine

While we do not have any measles cases in OK County, our team of epidemiologists is in regular contact with the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitoring updates on outbreaks occurring in other parts of the country. Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) shots are not free at the OKC-County Health Department, however, we do have a Vaccine For Children (VFC) program that provides some vaccines for free.

Preparation can reduce Severe Weather Stress

OCCHD reminds residents that preparation is the key to reducing stress related to our severe weather season. They work with all municipalities and partners to make sure we as a community are ready when disaster strikes and post-disaster response as well.

Weekly Health Tip: Garden Safely

​Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Take a few minutes to help stay safe and healthy while gardening.

National Public Health Week

We are sharing with our community and partners that the first week of April is National Public Health Week (NPHW). Our goal is to talk about the role everyone can play in improving health in all groups in Oklahoma County. This year’s theme of NPHW is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. In 2015, it was reported in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that an estimated 683,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect and 1,670 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.

Freezer Vegetable Breakfast Burritos

Need a healthy morning snack? These Freezer Vegetable Breakfast Burritos are so convenient for busy mornings! Reheat them in your microwave for a fast and filling breakfast!

Weekly Health Tip: Prevent Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) affects both men and women, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer can be prevented by getting screened for the disease beginning at age 50.

Team of the Week: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

​The main goal of OCCHD's Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program is to reduce teen births in the Oklahoma City-County area by using evidence-based programs to change behavior.

Driving in Winter Weather

OCCHD advises residents not to take chances when dealing with dangerous winter conditions. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Blaine Bolding advises travelers to check local media reports of weather forecasts before making travel plans and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches mean.

Good Health Habits Can Help Prevent The Flu

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

Team of the Week: My Heart

The My Heart program is for individuals between the ages of 20 and 60 who have or think they have at least one of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, or are overweight. #TeamOfTheWeek! Sign Up here:​

February is Heart Health Month

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes, and their impact!

Flu Claims the Life of One Oklahoma County Resident

The Oklahoma State Department of Health today reported the first influenza-associated death in Oklahoma County for the 2018-2019 flu season. Flu has now claimed the lives of 13 Oklahomans this season and led to 331 hospitalizations and/or deaths statewide, many of which were senior citizens.

Make 2019 the year you #StayQuit

You’ve decided to quit smoking. Congratulations! Your first day without cigarettes can be difficult. Here are five steps you can take to handle quit day and be confident about being able to #stayquit.

Southern Oaks Health and Wellness Campus Now Open!

The Southern Oaks Learning and Wellness Campus is located at 6728 South Hudson next to Parmelee Elementary and Southern Oaks Library. Located in our city’s zip code with the lowest health indicators, OCCHD chose this location to serve the citizens of South Oklahoma City by bringing together a multitude of partners that allow for a broad array of services to be offered.

Free After-Hours Flu Shot Clinic on 12/20

Free flu shots are available at all three convenient clinic locations to those beginning at six months and up. Oklahoma City and County residents are still being encouraged to protect themselves, their families and help prevent the spread of the flu by receiving their vaccine.

Family Fun Night at Southern Oaks

​Join us for Family Fun Night at our new Southern Oaks Learning and Wellness Campus on Thursday, December 13th from 5:30-7:30pm. This Pajama Party will include a Bounce House, Kids Games, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Crafts, Cooking Demo, Door Prizes and more!​

Move to Southern Oaks Campus in Progress

Our South Health Clinic's clinical and WIC services will be moving to the new Southern Oaks Health and Wellness Campus starting Thursday, December 6 through Monday, December 10th.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and others stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during key times when you are likely to get and spread germs.

Cold Weather Safety

If you detect symptoms of frostbite, which is the freezing of the skin and body tissue beneath the skin, in either yourself or another person, seek medical care IMMEDIATELY. Additionally, hypothermia occurs when one’s body temperature drops to dangerously low levels, so, before addressing symptoms of frostbite, first determine whether you or someone else is showing signs of hypothermia.

Enjoy a Safe Thanksgiving Meal

As Thanksgiving approaches the Oklahoma City-County Health Department reminds those who prepare the holiday meal to follow four simple rules: Clean, Seperate, Cook, and Chill.

43rd Annual Great American Smokeout

​On November 15th, Oklahoma County smokers are encouraged to put down their cigarettes for a day, or a lifetime, for the Great American Smokeout (GASO). This annual event is celebrated across the country to encourage smokers to find their reason to quit, set their quit date and take the steps toward a smoke free and healthier life.

Safe Heating is Critical in the Months Ahead

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) reminds residents as the temperatures drop, it is important to safely heat your home or business. Oklahoma City Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said, “It’s been a rough year for us with 19 fire fatalities this year. All but one of those had one common threat: no working smoke alarms.”

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

Be Safe and Healthy on Halloween

Carve out time to be active this Halloween – between get-togethers and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good! Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.

Smokefree Apartments Maps

​OCCHD and the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Oklahoma County have launched a smokefree apartments map on their website. Finding a smokefree apartment can be difficult, but this useful tool, which features many smokefree apartment complexes across the county can help ease the search process for potential residents.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Studies have shown that your risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors. The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older.

Pregnant Women Need The Flu Shot!

With only half of pregnant moms getting their flu shot, too many remain unprotected. Flu shots help protect pregnant women and their babies from potentially serious flu illness during and after pregnancy.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

​October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.​ Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer.

#BeThe1To Save A Life!

September is National Suicide Prevention Month​! If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. It’s important to take care of yourself when you are supporting someone through a difficult time, as this may stir up difficult emotions. If it does, please reach out for support yourself.

Infant Mortality Awareness Month

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. The infant mortality rate is an estimate of the number of infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants.

Home Fire Prevention

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

Make and Practice Your Emergency Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

September is ​National Preparedness Month!

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Phil Maytubby, Advocate of the Year

The advocacy work of Phil Maytubby with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) has supported efforts that brought the Surgeon General to a hosted symposium at OCCHD and continues to provide the platform for legislative visits, events, 2 committees, nationwide presentations and policy revisions focused on public health strategy.

Keep Kids E-Cigarette Free

Have you seen your kid’s USB flash drive lately? It could actually be an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) containing nicotine. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students, and USB-shaped e-cigarettes are increasing in popularity. As parents prepare to send their kids back to school, take time to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes for young people.

Tick Prevention

Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.

What to do After a Boil Water Order has been lifted

Residents are advised to “flush” their water following the lifting of the boil order to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. Flushing your household and building water lines includes interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers, water treatment units, and so on.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning.Join the conversation to raise awareness about the benefits of sun protection!

Back to School Immunizations

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) nurses encourage parents/guardians to check the status of their children’s immunizations early in order to avoid the last-minute rush. Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs and make sure to bring a current copy of their child’s shot record if they have one.

Putting Nonviolent Offenders Back on Track

​OCCHD and partners are devising ways to help nonviolent offenders get back into the mainstream. An estimated 77 percent of the inmates in the county’s overcrowded jail are nonviolent offenders whose crimes might be better addressed through mental health and community service opportunities.

Keep Cool in Hot Weather!

Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths each year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet many people still die from extreme heat every year.

Healthy and Safe Swimming

Pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. Learn how to stay healthy and safe when in the water this summer!

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2018 Confirmed!

West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache, and sometimes a rash. The most susceptible are infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. If symptoms are severe, please contact your doctor immediately.

Stay Safe on Independence Day!

Many festivities occur to celebrate the Fourth of July. Make sure you are prepared for any activity you take part in!

Car Seat Usage Tips

OCCHD injury prevention specialists remind residents that state law requires car seats must be rear-facing until the age of two. The child can remain rear facing after the age of two if weight requirements allow.

Cryptosporidium Parasites (Crypto)

OCCHD advises residents about Cryptosporidium parasites (Crypto) which live in the intestine of infected humans or animals. According to the CDC, Crypto can be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals.

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Men: Make Health and Wellness a Priority!

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are celebrating Men’s Health Month during June. Men are encouraged to take steps to be healthy and lower their risks of chronic diseases. Heart disease and cancer are leading causes of death among men 18 and older in Oklahoma. Death certificate data show the most notable increase occurred in hypertensive heart disease, jumping from 46.2 deaths/100,000 population in 2014 to 75.9 deaths in 2016.

West Nile Survivor - ​Kristen Acosta

​Kristen Acosta of Yukon talks in the above video about the day she began having symptoms of West Nile Virus. She says the pain and suffering from West Nile was something she will never forget and the road to recovery was even more challenging. She also talks about the lasting effects from West Nile and she offers her advice to prevent it.

Summer Heat Safety

Each year, more than 600 people die from heat-related illness in the United States. In Oklahoma, there were 145 deaths associated with exposure to excessive heat from 2010 to 2017. Approximately 70 percent of those deaths occurred in males.

Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Confirmed

​OCCHD experts confirm one positive mosquito sample to be carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Oklahoma County. OCCHD Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby said, “Residents need to focus on reducing habitats where mosquitoes live and breed by getting rid of any sources of stagnant water and wearing repellent containing DEET.”

Men's Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Handling Food Safely Outdoors

​Picnic and barbecue season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly.

Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy.

Did you know there are billions of germs floating in the water of community pools, splash pads, and other water venues? Pool chemicals kill most germs within minutes, but some live for days, especially in untreated water sources. The average swimmer introduces a number of dirty items into recreational water including hair, saliva, feces, urine, sweat, and many skin products such as lotions, cosmetics and soaps. The germs in the water can lead to illness in both adults and children.

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention for a full month. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, yet disparities continue.

Family Fun Fest 2018

​Join us on Saturday, June 2nd for Family Fun Fest! The event will include Bounce Houses, Free Snowcones, Free Food, Outdoor Activities, Giveaways, Face Painting, and Toddler Games.

Ozone Alert

The primary component of smog, ground-level ozone, is a health risk to the general populace of Central Oklahoma, but especially dangerous to Children, The Elderly, Individuals with Respiratory Illnesses, Individuals with Cardiovascular Illnesses, Individuals with Asthma, Diabetes, and Emphysema.

Reducing Tick Exposure

OCCHD Epidemiologists remind the public that warmer weather means people will be outdoors more often and we need to remember some key ways to protect ourselves from not only sunburns, but ticks as well. Ticks can spread diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Lyme Disease, and Ehrlichiosis. In Oklahoma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is common between April and September.

National Women's Health Week

During National Women's Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 19th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is a FREE family friendly event that teaches and encourages families how to be physically active, eat healthy, and have a fun time together.

National Nurses Week

OCCHD leadership recognizes our public health nurses who work at our three clinics, seven WIC offices, a Tuberculosis Center as well as in programs like Children First, Epidemiology, Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and Community Health across the metro.

2018 Mayors Challenge

Oklahoma City is one of 35 cities selected as a finalist in a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems facing cities.

Air Quality Awareness Week

This year's theme is Air Quality Where You Are. The goal is to promote events that increase air quality awareness and inspire people to take steps, no matter how large or small, to reduce their contribution to air pollution.

Infant Immunizations FAQs

It’s natural you have questions about your child’s vaccines. Read answers to common questions to learn more about vaccine safety, the recommended schedule, how vaccines protect your child from 14 diseases by age two, and more.

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.

Joint Council on Public Health Established

Public health leaders from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, OKC-County Health Department and Tulsa Health Department have announced the creation of the Joint Council on Public Health.

Red Flag Warning

Friday has the potential to be a very dangerous wildfire day across parts of western Oklahoma and western north Texas. It is likely the red flag warning will need to be extended further east.

The Right To Health

All people deserve the opportunity to live long, healthy and productive lives. In fact, offering all people the tools and conditions associated with better health and less disease is an investment that comes with generations of positive returns.

National Public Health Week 2018

​During each day of National Public Health Week, we will focus on one public health topic. We believe these topic areas are critical to our future success in creating the healthiest nation.

Annual Children First Graduation

​OCCHD will host our 5th annual Children First graduation celebration on Saturday, April 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus Auditorium at 2600 N.E. 63rd.

Make a Disaster Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

6 Ways to End Family Fights Over Dinner

The key to calm, positive meal times is a healthy feeding relationship with an appropriate division of responsibilities between adults and children.

County Health Rankings Released

Published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the County Health Rankings show us where we are doing well and highlight what is working to improve health and wellness in Oklahoma County. Ranking in the top 1/3 of the state for health factors and in the middle for health outcomes, 21 and 28 out of 77, respectively, the County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to our health. OCCHD uses the Rankings, in collaboration with the Wellness Score, to target programming within our community.

First Pediatric Flu Death Reported

OCCHD confirms the first death of a pediatric patient (aged 5-17) from the flu along with seven other deaths this past week. The fatality count in Oklahoma County now stands at 22. An additional 42 hospitalizations are reported, bringing our total up to 587 which is 170 more hospitalizations than the same time last year.

What You Need To Know About Measles

Measles, not to be confused with German measles (rubella), is an extremely contagious disease caused by a virus. A high fever and a red rash covering most of the body develop in almost every case. Measles can also cause pneumonia, deafness, and inflammation of the brain and death.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

OCCHD nurses will host a FREE drive-thru clinic at Remington Park located in the C-3 parking lot just off of Martin Luther King Avenue on Saturday, February 3rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get Flu Shot and Practice Good Hand Hygiene

​OCCHD epidemiologists confirm three additional influenza-associated deaths. Two in the 18-49 age group and one in the 50-64 group in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu has now claimed a total of eight Oklahoma County residents this season. Statewide, the deaths have risen by 18 to 92.

Two More Die From The Flu

OCCHD epidemiologists confirm two additional influenza-associated deaths in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season bringing the total to five deaths and 380 hospitalizations this season. Flu has now claimed the lives of 74 Oklahomans this season.

Red Flag Warning

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Heart Health Dance for Adults

​Join us on February 9th from 7-10pm at the NE Regional Health and Wellness Center for a Heart Health Dance for singles and couples. This is a FREE and Casual Attire event that will include Heart-Healthy Snacks, Door Prizes, and of course Music & Dancing!

Family Fun Night

​Family Fun Night is a FREE family friendly event that teaches and encourages families how to be physically active, eat healthy, and have a fun time together.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months.

Flu Claims the Lives of Two

​OCCHD epidemiologists confirm two influenza-associated deaths in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu has now claimed the lives of six Oklahomans this season. Oklahoma County’s hospitalizations for the season now stand at 74.

Avoid Illness After a Power Outage

If the power in your home goes out for more than a few hours, OKC-County Health Department food safety experts say it’s important to determine whether or not the food stored in your refrigerator and freezer is still safe to cook, eat or refreeze.

Traveling While Pregnant

There are some pregnancy and travel related concerns; however, the information provided in this article will help make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be.

Survive Winter Weather Travel with 7 Essentials

When it comes to travel this holiday season don’t take chances on beating potentially dangerous winter weather conditions. At the OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD), we recommend developing a winter weather preparedness plan, which ensures your family’s safety during a major event.

Do You have Diabetes?

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

Treat Your Diabetes Well

November is National Diabetes Month. Here’s to managing your diabetes for a longer, healthier life. There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.

Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu

OCCHD Epidemiologists advise the current 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 friends. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age and are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. There are flu shots specifically for use in people as young as 6 months of age and older.

Holiday Food Safety

Many people don't realize that food safety is the most important ingredient in preparing food for the holidays. This article includes some helpful food safety resources to keep your holidays happy.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

​Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.

Lightning Safety and Outdoor Sports Activities

It’s a common situation — a thunderstorm is approaching or nearby. Are conditions outside safe, or is it time to head for safe place? Not wanting to appear overly cautious, many people wait far too long before reacting to this potentially deadly weather threat.

It’s Open Season on Ticks

Protect yourself from tickborne disease this hunting season! Ticks feed on the blood of animals (such as rodents, rabbits, deer, and birds), but will bite humans too. Ticks live in grassy or wooded areas, or on the animals themselves. Hunting brings you in closer contact with the ticks, so take the proper safety precautions to reduce your chances of being bitten.

Pilot project could improve health, cut costs

Oklahoma City-County Health Department Executive Director Gary Cox said the project is a continuation of a pilot project his agency did that has proven to save money. Cox’s initiative had social workers working with Integris and Mercy emergency department workers to determine which patients used the ERs the most for non-emergency needs. They then connected them with social services or free clinics that can address preventive needs for some health conditions.

OCCHD offers flu vaccines starting Oct 2nd

OCCHD will launch their seasonal flu-vaccine clinics on Monday, October 2nd. The cost for the flu shot is $25. Payment can be made in the form of cash, check or credit card. The vaccine is available at no cost for those who qualify for Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, while supplies last.

Financial Preparedness

Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckling children in age and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

2017 Summit: A Focus on Poverty

The Infant Mortality Alliance 2017 Summit: A Focus on Poverty presents an opportunity for our community to take steps in understanding the impact that poverty has on our most vulnerable families.

Make A Family Communication Plan

Emergencies can happen at any time. Does your family know how to get in touch with each other if you are not all together?

Get Involved Before The Next Disaster

There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs, the content found on this page will guide you find ways to take action in your community. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals taking action to increase the support of emergency response agencies during disasters.

Two People in OKC Confirmed with West Nile Virus

OCCHD epidemiologists report two human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Oklahoma County of the mosquito season. WNV is the most common mosquito-borne disease in Oklahoma, and it’s a deadly threat especially to Senior Adults. WNV symptoms include fever, headache, body ache and sometimes a rash.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.

Time For Back to School Immunizations

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.

2017 Wellness Score Available Online

OCCHD) has released the new 2017 Wellness Score online, outlining improvements in many of the 14 measured health outcomes ranging from deaths due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and even suicide. The report provides zip code level data, making it relevant to residents and community leaders in both quality of life and planning efforts.

Were You Exposed to a Rabid Kitten?

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is looking for anyone who had direct contact with a rabid kitten found in the area of N.W. 10th and Purdue Street near the Central Oklahoma Winnelson Company on or around June 8.

Fast Facts About Skin Cancer

Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, but some things put you at higher risk.

West Nile Virus is in OKC

Epidemiologists and consumer protection investigators remind residents to be proactive in preventing breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can spread illnesses by paying attention to your property and avoiding exposure.

2017 Wellness Score Preview Released

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) announced today the preliminary release of the new 2017 Wellness Score, outlining improvements in many of the 14 measured health outcomes ranges from deaths due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and even suicide.

Oklahoma Coalition Receives $4.5M Grant

The federal government has selected Oklahoma’s Route 66 Coalition to receive a $4.5M grant to create an Accountable Health Community where social issues and needs, and not just medical needs, are addressed to improve health.

The Kresge Foundation Public Health Initiative

Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle challenges public health professionals face in their communities. The initiative is designed to develop local public health leaders in pairs, and each pair includes the health officer and a future leader from the public health agency.

National Public Health Week 2017

OCCHD kicks off National Public Health Week beginning Monday, April 3, by encouraging Oklahoma City and OK County residents to choose better food, drink more water and get active. OCCHD celebrates the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies on successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

OCCHD and OSDH Addressing Syphilis Outbreak

OCCHD and OSDH confirmed today an outbreak of more than 75 diagnosed syphilis cases in Oklahoma County connected to a specific social network between the ages of 14 and 47 years old. The most common risk factors associated with this increase include drug use, exchanging sex for money or drugs, or having multiple sex partners.

Spring Break and Zika

Did you travel to another country for spring break? Check out the CDC map for Zika travel recommendations in each country and view a list of symptoms.

OCCHD, INTEGRIS Win Health Award

​OCCHD and INTEGRIS Health are the inaugural winners of the Public Health Foundation’s (PHF) Future of Population Health Award. It recognizes exemplary practice by hospitals and health systems that are collaborating with public health departments and other community partners on health improvement strategies and implementation efforts.

Seniors at Risk for Flu-Related Death

OCCHD reports flu-associated deaths rose by four people this week bringing the total to five for the season in Oklahoma County. Three of the deaths were 65 years old and older, and the fourth patient was in the 50 to 64 age group.

First Flu Death Confirmed

OCCHD recommends flu vaccinations and effective hand hygiene to avoid the ravages of flu this season. This comes after our first flu-related death of the season.

OCCHD Named Health Champion

OCCHD is excited to announce today that it’s been chosen as one of six companies and organizations from Central Oklahoma to be a designated Health Champion as part of the American Diabetes Association’s Wellness Lives HereTMinitiative.

Legal Assistance Available at Health Clinics

OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD) and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO) announced today a new medical-legal partnership (MLP) to provide free legal assistance on-site at two county community health centers.

10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Is staying healthy a part of your New Year's resolution? Make sure you are up to date on recommended vaccines.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Prevent Cervical Cancer with the Right Test at the Right Time! Screening tests with pap smears can find abnormal cells so they can be treated before they turn into cancer.

Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

It's Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot!

Don't forget to get your flu shot! Flu season begins in the fall and lasts through the winter. Peak months include late November-March.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.

2016 Zarrow Symposium

This year's Zarrow Symposium is at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 28-30, 2016.

Zika Virus Information

Learn about what the Zika virus is, where it occurs and how people get affected.