Vaccines

Ottawa County Health Department schedules flu vaccine clinics

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Ottawa County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months of age and older.

MIAMI – The Ottawa County Health Department has announced its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season. Flu vaccine will be available on Monday, Oct. 2, however, due to staff shortages, regular clinics will begin Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and Ottawa County Health Department recommend flu vaccination every year for everyone 6 months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.

Each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Maria Alexander, administrative director for the Ottawa County Health Department. “Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people…