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FOR RELEASE: December 5 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

State Receives Additional Influenza Vaccine

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that is has received 10,000 doses of influenza vaccine from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccine has been shipped to local county health departments throughout the state for use in flu vaccine clinics.

“We are glad to receive this late season vaccine. This will provide an additional opportunity for those Oklahomans at high risk of complications from influenza to get a flu shot this year,” said Don Blose, chief, Immunization Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Persons considered at high risk from complications of influenza include the following:

  • Persons aged 65 years and older, with and without chronic health conditions.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Persons aged 2 to 64 years of age with chronic health conditions.
  • Children aged 6 months to 23 months.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care.
  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 6 months or younger.

Blose said he expects the additional vaccine to go quickly. “We are very pleased so many Oklahomans have protected themselves and their families by getting a flu shot this year,” he said. “Although the supply of flu vaccine for adults is limited, most county health departments still have influenza vaccine for children. Check with your local county health department to find out what is available in your area.”

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