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For Release: March 19, 2010                                     
Contact: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications
405/271-5601
405/684-3920

Situation Update No. 9
Winter Weather Cancels Saturday’s Meningococcal Vaccine Clinic

Officials from the Rogers County Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today that imminent winter weather has forced the closure of the vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 20.

To protect persons from future exposures to the meningococcal disease, two special vaccination clinics were scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, at the Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary School. However, the threat of a winter weather storm has forced officials to close the clinic on Saturday.

The Friday clinic opened as scheduled at noon.

“Four hundred and sixty-one doses of vaccine were distributed in the first hour,” stated Dr. Kristy Bradley, state epidemiologist.

The clinic will remain open today, until 7 p.m. for those who would like to receive their vaccine before school on Monday.

For those who must wait, a public health nurse will be available Monday through Friday of next week, March 22 through March 26, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Omni Medical Clinic at 13134 Old S. Hwy 169 in Oologah.

These clinics are designated only for students pre-K through seniors attending Oologah-Talala public schools, as well as district faculty and employees. There will be no charge for the vaccine.

For more information concerning vaccine clinics, please call the Rogers County Health Department at (918) 341-3166.

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