Get Flu Shot and Practice Good Hand Hygiene

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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.

Oklahoma County’s hospitalizations for the season now stand at 456 compared to 380 a week ago. As the flu season progresses, OCCHD supports the Fight the Flu campaign of having all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination. The most effective way to prevent the flu is to receive the vaccine.

Flu Prevention Tips:

  • Get a Flu Shot - 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.
  • Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands. (If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based sanitizer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school.
  • Eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of sleep.
  • OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine.

    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:

    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 location
    4330 NW 10th Street
    OKC, OK 73107
    405-419-4150