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.
As the flu season progresses, OCCHD encourages all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination. The most effective way to prevent the flu is to receive the vaccine. The flu vaccine can keep you from getting the flu, lessen the severity of the flu, and keep you from spreading the virus to family and friends.
To date there have been 262 influenza-associated hospitalizations statewide since September 2017. The largest percentage of those have been in the 65 and older demographic, followed by the 50-64 age group.
OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine, so don’t wait to receive the flu shot.
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 following OCCHD clinic locations:
- OCCHD Gary Cox Partner Building - 2700 N.E. 63rd Street, OKC - 419-4200
- South Regional Health Campus - 2149 S.W. 59th Street, OKC - 419-4119
- OCCHD West Clinic - 4113 N.W. 10th Street, OKC - 419-4150