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For County Health Departments

Flu Bug Can Still Bite, So Get Flu Shot

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Even though flu is not as widespread in _____ County as it was last year at this time, the _____ County Health Department says the flu bug still has time to bite.

“With the delay of the delivery of flu vaccine this winter, we have held our breath while working to make sure _____ County citizens were vaccinated in time before the flu season peaked, “ said _____, health department administrator. “We’ve been lucky so far because reported flu cases are still sporadic. We urge people to take advantage of this ‘window of opportunity’ to get their flu shot if they haven’t already.”

The _____ County Health Department will offer additional flu clinics on (date/time/place).

_____ said the _____ County Health Department focused early in the season on making sure available vaccine supplies went to vaccinate those persons at high risk from health complications from influenza. Vaccine is now available so that healthy adults and children 6 months of age and older can get the flu shot, as well as anyone at risk for complications from influenza. Persons at high risk include those over the age of 65, persons with chronic illnesses, pregnant women in their second or third trimester, and health care workers who provide care to at-risk patients.

Although it takes 10 to 14 days to reach full immunity from influenza after getting the flu shot, some immunity does begin shortly after receiving the shot. The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s statewide flu surveillance system is reporting two influenza strains thus far: Influenza A (H1N1) and Influenza B/Yamanashi. This year’s vaccine provides coverage for both of these strains.

_____ said the _____ County Health Department can also provide pneumococcal vaccination to protect against pneumococcal pneumonia, the most common form of hospitalizations for pneumonia.

For more information about flu clinics, call the health department at (phone number).



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