OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is helping you protect yourself this Valentine’s Day.
It is offering free meningitis vaccines for those ages 19 to 55 at the Kelley location, 921 N.E. 23rd St.
“The free meningitis vaccine offered by the health department can save you over $100, but more importantly, it can save your life,” Ellen Pogemiller said, Oklahoma County Immunization Coalition Director.
OKC County Health Dept. Clinic
921 N.E. 23rd St.
Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 4 pm
Friday: 7 am – 3 pm
The free meningitis shots are available through Feb. 28 without an income or insurance requirement.
Officials said bacterial meningitis cases are rare but they can be life threatening.
According to the health dept., even if treated, about one in 10 people who develop bacterial meningitis will die from it.
The infection can cause brain damage, hearing loss and learning problems.
In some cases, the disease leads to the loss of an arm, a leg or other parts of the body.
In Oklahoma, the meningitis vaccine is required for students who are enrolling for the first time in college or in post-high school educational programs and will live in dormitories or in on-campus student housing.
Get more information from the OKC County Health Department on Immunizations.