Oklahoma City-Counth Health Department Offering High-Dose Flu Shots

Thursday, November 4th 2010, 11:26 am
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City-County Health Department will offer high-dose flu vaccines for people 65 and older.

The high-dose vaccine contains quadruple the amount of antigen that is used in a standard flu vaccine.

"As we age, our immune systems operate less efficiently, so older people sometimes need an extra boost of antigen to get the full benefit of flu vaccinations," says Joyce Lopez, OCCHD Program Administrator for Immunizations.

Lopez said those who have already received a flu vaccine will not need to get another high-dose shot because a regular flu shot will protect most people.

The high-dose vaccines are recommended for people who might be at a higher risk because of other health problems or advanced age.

OCCHD will be offering immunizations at several community clinics:

* Nov 8th -Crossings Community Clinic, 2208 W. Hefner, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

* Nov 16th - Harrah Church, 19900 E Reno, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

* Nov 18th - Latino Community Development Agency, 420 SW 10th, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Additional community clinics may be scheduled during December.

Flu shots are also available at OCCHD's main immunization clinic at 921 N.E. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, OK, 73105

Vaccination clinic hours are:

• Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.