Health Dept. opens flu vaccine clinic

Oklahoma's 2017-18 Flu Season Underway

The temperatures are dropping and if you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the time.

Also, the local health unit administers the flu vaccine from 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with no appointment. The virus lives longer in the cold weather because there is less humidity in the air to kill it. People can inhale the flu or get it by touching everyday objects such as doorknobs, chairs, tables and many other objects. The seasonal quadrivalent vaccine also includes influenza B vaccine virus, a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage). "It usually takes two to three weeks for your body to build up immunity to the flu virus after you've received that vaccine", said Adam Karcz who is the Director of Infection Prevention with Riley Children's Hospital at IU Health.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

"CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated annually".

Student health will be offering two more flu shot clinics next week on Thursday Oct. 19, and on Friday Oct. 20.

It's why the Catawba County Health Department was holding the flu shot clinic.

The letter says: "As winter approaches it is worth reminding ourselves that flu can have serious and even fatal consequences".

Nationally, there were nearly 600,000 flu-related hospitalizations last season, Dr. Dan Jernigan, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said in a recent news conference. Both numbers are higher than average for this time of year, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said, adding that such numbers could signal a wicked flu season. Dependents of students, however, can not avail this service for free as the SEBT plan does not cover for their flu shots.

If you have health insurance, check with your primary health care provider if you can get the vaccination at no cost. However, they said they are seeing flu cases out there. For example, flu shots will be available at Clearwater Pharmasave.

A flu-like illness is often characterized by sudden onset of fever, sore throat, muscle aches, cough and weakness.

Last years flu shot is not likely to protect you this year.

"Some kids who get influenza also, in addition to all that, get diarrhea with it, but it's not common in adults".

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