Health officials: Oklahomans should be vaccinated for flu

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As cold weather comes to town, health officials are warning residents about flu season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over 6-months-old.

Patients have three options when it comes to vaccines.

The traditional flu shot protects against four strains of the flu.

The nasal spray, which also protects against four strains of flu, is for healthy people who are not pregnant and between the ages of 2 and 49-years-old. Studies have shown this vaccine was more effective among younger children.

The high-dose flu shot is for people who are 65-years-old and older and protects against three strains of the flu.

Click here to see a complete list of Caring Van vaccine locations.

County health departments will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks or credit cards as payment for flu vaccines.

There is no charge for adults 65-years-old and older or for children who have no health insurance.

Everyone else will be charged a $25 fee.

Currently, one person has been diagnosed with the flu in Oklahoma this season.

For more information, visit the health department’s website.

 

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