First Pediatric Flu Death Reported

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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.

In recognition of the rising number of flu cases for several weeks, OCCHD continues to offer free flu shots to those beginning at six months and up.

Clinical Administrator Kerri Stewart says, “Receiving your vaccination if you are healthy helps prevent the spread to our vulnerable citizens and is especially important for higher risk populations including ages 0 to 5 and over age 65.”

OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine.

Flu Prevention Tips:

  • Get a Flu Shot
  • Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Vaccines are still offered on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – noon at the below locations.

Gary Cox Partner Building
& Health Clinic
2700 NE 63rd Street
OKC, OK 73111
405-419-4200
OCCHD South
Health Clinic

2149 SW 59th Street, Suite 104
OKC, OK 73119
405-419-4119
OCCHD West
Health Clinic
4330 NW 10th Street
OKC, OK 73107
405-419-4150