|Updated: 10/07 7:13 pm
||Published: 10/07 3:54 pm
Health departments across Oklahoma have opened their flu clinics.
This year a new vaccine called quadrivalent is available. It fights four strains of influenza instead of the typical three.
For 14-year-old Laci Trevathan, the trip to the doctor isn't fun.
"I don't like the needle," she said.
Despite her fear, she and her two sisters get their flu vaccine every year.
"I had to get my flu shot so I could not get sick," she said.
Her sister Savannah knows firsthand.
"I've had the flu more than once. I was cold all the time, didn't feel good, had a fever," she said.
FOX23 found a clinic with a waiting room half full with people hoping to avoid the virus.
Manager Becky Grubb said so far it looks like these vaccines are going to be very effective.
"The disease is matching with the vaccine, so we are pretty confident it's a good match," she said.
After a 20-minute visit and a quick shot in the arm, visitors have the best defense there is against the flu.
The health department can help those who are uninsured and qualify. For everyone else it's $25 per shot .