Flu Hospitalizations on the Rise

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OCCHD Epidemiologists confirm 44 hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 flu season with no reported deaths to date in the county.

Statewide, 179 influenza-related hospitalizations have been noted since September 1, 2017. The largest segment of flu-hospitalizations is coming in persons age 65 and older (44%) followed by 50-64 years (21%) and children from birth to 4 years (15%).

"All people six months and older should get a flu vaccination. The flu vaccine is the top option in keeping you from getting the flu, make the illness less serious if you do get it and can keep you from spreading this seasonal virus to family and friends," said OCCHD Epidemiologist Eric Howard. "Our clinics still have the flu vaccine available so we recommend coming in soon to get your flu shot."

The flu vaccines are offered on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 am. - noon at the following Oklahoma City - County Health Department clinics:

  • 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

The cost for the flu shot is $25. The vaccine is available at no cost for those who qualify for Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. OCCHD accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Choice, Medicare, SoonerCare and Medicaid for immunizations. Make sure to bring your insurance card and a photo ID when coming to get the vaccine.

Flu is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny or stuffy nose. Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu including children younger than 5, senior citizens, and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or compromised immune systems.

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