Flu shots available at Kay Counth Health Departments

Team Radio Marketing Group - February 19, 2018 12:46 pm

Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.

A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn’t been immunized. It is especially recommended for those over the age of 65, those who suffer from chronic heart and lung conditions, and pregnant women.

It is not too late to get a flu shot,” said Kelli Rader, regional director. “It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. Flu season runs through May, so it is important to have protection as soon as possible.”

The Kay County Health Department has high-dose vaccine for senior citizens that may not be available from health care providers. The vaccine must by administered by the end of May.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice frequent hand washing and prevent the spread of germs by covering your sneeze and cough. Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Kay County Health Department in Ponca City at (580) 762-1641 or in Blackwell at (580) 363-5520 for clinic times and further information. The clinic is located in Ponca City at 433 Fairview or in Blackwell at 1706 South Main.

 

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