PUBLISHED OCTOBER 11, 2019
By Jeff Shultz
The flu bug has hit the state hard this year with the Oklahoma Health Department reporting 29 people hospitalized in Garvin County due to influenza between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.
The OSDH is coordinating a statewide full-scale disaster exercise with local county health departments and the regional medical response system, Oct. 7-11 at various locations across the state.
As part of the exercise, county health departments will be providing flu shots to the public at no out-of-pocket cost. However, no flu exercise is scheduled in the Garvin County region.
According to officials at the Garvin County Health Department, a limited supply of flu vaccine has been delivered to the county health department.
The limited supply has forced the health department to cease any flu clinics they have held in the past.
However, free flu vaccinations can be given during regular operating hours at the Garvin County Health Department.
According to the OSDH, a flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older.
It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, older adults and people with chronic conditions who may be severely impacted by symptoms.
When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for the flu to spread in families, schools and communities.