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October 6, 2012

Rogers County Health Department schedules flu vaccine clinics

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Health Department announced today its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. Clinics will begin October 1st.

Clinic days and times are as follows: 

•VFC, Children under 19 walk-in clinic — Oct. 15 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
•65 and over walk-in clinic — Oct. 16 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. (if they have HMO they will need to make appointment)
•Everyone else will need to call for an appointment.  
Flu vaccine will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. The shot is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. 
Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine, including pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease, or other chronic conditions. 
Parents and family members of babies less than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.
“Flu can be a dangerous disease for people of all ages, even healthy children and adults,” said Mary Beth Murray, administrative director for the Rogers County Health Department. “We encourage everyone in Rogers County to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot.”
Public health officials stress that immunity from a flu vaccination received last year will not provide protection this year. Influenza vaccine formulation for this year includes two strains different from last year’s flu vaccine, as well as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain. 
Influenza virus samples collected from around the world indicate these strains of influenza virus are the most likely to cause illness during the upcoming flu season. 
“Getting an annual flu shot is the most important step in protecting against the flu,” said Murray. “Influenza vaccine is very safe and effective.” 

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