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Flu shots

MUSTANG, Okla. — This year’s flu vaccine came out about a month ago and patients all over the metro are getting equipped for the sick season.

The medical staff at the CVS Minute Clinic in Mustang has administered 179 doses of vaccine so far this year.

Nurse Practitioner Sheri Melot sees patients at the Mustang CVS Minute Clinic and the three others in the metro in Edmond, Moore and Norman.

She recommends getting your flu shot now.

“Because it lasts up to a year, you can’t get it too early,” Melot said. “It’s important to get it two weeks befroe the flu shows up because it takes two weeks to develop immunity.”

This year the CDC has formulated a flu vaccine that includes protection against three strains: H1N1, H2N3 and a strain of influenza B. 

Minute Clinic does not have the live virus nose spray, but this year they are offering the intradermal shot.

It has a needle that is 90 percent smaller, requiring 40 percent less antigen because it’s injected under the skin not into the muscle.

“It’s now recommended that everyone get a flu shot, not just to protect yourself but to protect the infants and elderly who do get sick of the flu,” Melot said.

Nurse practitioners at the four Oklahoma City area Minute Clinics offer several childhood vaccines, such as whooping cough, and they can treat minor illnesses like skin rash and sinusitis.

Here’s more information about the services at Minute Clinic.