Fri October 24, 2003
Flu Hits Oklahoma Early in Fall 2003
Oklahoma City, Ok. – The first two cases of Type A Influenza have been reported by the Ok. State Department of Health in the fall of 2003.
According to health officials, that is a lot earlier than usual. The two confirmed cases were reported in Oklahoma County.
Normally there are some cases in late December with the peak of the season later in January and February.
Flu vaccine is available at county health departments and local physicians' offices.
The Stephens County Health Department in Duncan has an immunization clinic sets for October 30, 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. The Comanche County Health Department in Lawton has been doing immunizations at senior nutrition sites and will give the injections during its clinic hours beginning the first week of November.
Cameron University employees have been taking advantage of getting the flu vaccine this week with times set again next week on campus. The shots are being given by students on campus who are members of the University of Oklahoma School of Nursing program.
Those at risk who are urged to get the shots include persons over age 64, the chronically ill, and young children between the ages of 6 and 24 months.
For more information, contact your county health department or health care provider.