Free Flu Shots Available Friday

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

The Stephens County Health Department and the Chickasaw Nation are once again teaming up to provide a free drive-up flu shot clinic. The shots, which come at no cost due to a vaccine donation from the Chickasaw Nation, will be given at the Simmons Center in Duncan from 9am – 4pm on Friday, October 11 and are available to those over the age of 9.

“Flu can be a dangerous disease for people of all ages, even healthy children and adults,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. "We encourage every Oklahoman to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot as soon as possible. There’s no better time than now.”

The vaccine is particularly recommended for pregnant women, people aged 50 or older, people with chronic medical conditions, and those who care for people with high risk of flu complications. In addition, people who live with or care for those who are not able to get the flu shot should be vaccinated.

“As much as 10 percent of the U.S. workforce will get the flu this year, with 17 million workdays lost as a result,” said Cline. “Receiving a flu vaccination from your local county health department, your physician, or any of the many places flu shots are available, is absolutely the best way for Oklahomans and their families to stay healthy this winter.”

The Stephens County Health Department advises those wanting a flu shot to choose clothing that allows access to the upper arm.