|Updated: 10/03/2013 4:21 pm
||Published: 10/03/2013 4:04 pm
On Oct. 7, the Tulsa Health Department will begin offering seasonal flu vaccinations. The 2013-2014 seasonal flu vaccinations require only one shot for most individuals.
Children under age 9 who have not received two flu immunizations since July 1, 2010 will need a second 28 days (or later) after receiving the first dose.
There are two types of flu vaccines available this year: the trivalent and the quadrivalent. This season's trivalent flu shot includes the pandemic 2009 H1N1, H3N2, and one other B vaccine virus strain of flu expected to circulate this flu season.
The new quadrivalent vaccine includes an additional influenza B virus.
It's important to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend one flu vaccine over another.
This includes deciding between trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine and between an injection (the flu shot) or nasal spray vaccine.
The most important thing is to get a flu vaccine every year. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best options for you and your loved ones.
Dr. Bruce Dart, Tulsa Health Department director said, "Flu vaccinations are the single most effective way to protect yourself from the flu. Being sick with influenza can result in missed work, missed school, doctor visits and even hospitalization."
The supply of flu vaccines depends upon availability this year. The vaccines are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age.
Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu are especially advised to get the flu vaccine, including pregnant women and those with asthma, diabetes, or other chronic conditions.
Parents and family members of babies less than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine
A limited supply of vaccinations will be available for the following individuals and do not require any out-of-pocket expense at the time of vaccination:
• Children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program
• Medicare Part B Non-HMO recipients
• Individuals whose household income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines
• Individuals with Community Care or Health Choice insurance plans
• Medicaid/Sooner Care recipients (does not include SoonerPlan)
Children and adults with health insurance that covers vaccines, and those with incomes above 185 percent of the poverty level, will be charged a fee of $25 for the flu vaccine.
Payment may be made in the form of cash, check or credit card.
The flu vaccines will be offered to anyone over the age of 6 months on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. at the following Tulsa Health Department locations:
• James O. Goodwin Health Center | 5051 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa,.
• Central Regional Health Center | 315 S. Utica, Tulsa, Okla.
• North Regional Health and Wellness Center | 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa, Okla.
Vaccines will also be offered at the following locations:
• Bixby Community Health Center | 8120 E. 126 St., Bixby, Okla.
Call (918) 369-3155 for clinic dates and times
• Collinsville Community Health Center | 1201 W. Center, Collinsville, Okla.
Call (918) 596-8650 for clinic dates and times
• Sand Springs Health Center | 306 E. Broadway, Sand Springs, Okla.
Call (918) 591-6100 for clinic dates and times