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FOR RELEASE: December 18 , 2006
Flu Bug is Ready to Bite, Vaccine Still Available
Oklahoma State Department of Health officials confirmed today that its influenza sentinel-reporting network is noting an increase in persons with flu-like symptoms. "The flu bug is poised to bite," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Crutcher. "The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get a flu shot."
Crutcher stressed it is not too late to get a flu shot and most county health departments in Oklahoma still have a supply of vaccine. Persons who need a flu shot for themselves or their children should contact their health care provider or their local county health department to learn where flu vaccine is offered in their area.
Although it takes 10 to 14 days to reach full immunity from influenza after getting a flu shot, some immunity does begin shortly after receiving the shot. State health officials have confirmed both influenza type A and B viruses circulating in the state and this year's vaccine protects against both. "You still have a 'window of opportunity' to protect yourself from the flu by getting your flu shot now," Crutcher advised.
Persons in the following risk categories are especially advised to get a flu shot:
"Influenza can be a serious disease," Crutcher said. "Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot. The only thing you want to catch this holiday season is the holiday spirit, not the flu."
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