Tulsa Health Department Offers Free Seasonal Flu Shots

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The Tulsa Health Department will begin offering free seasonal flu vaccinations October 1, 2009. The Tulsa Health Department provides approximately 35,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine free of charge each year.

The Tulsa Health Department does not currently have a supply of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. It is anticipated that H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine will become available in early-mid October.

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In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting seasonal flu can get a seasonal influenza vaccine.

However, it is recommended that certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious seasonal flu-related complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious seasonal flu-related complications.

People who should get the seasonal vaccine each year are:

* Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
* Pregnant women
* People 50 years of age and older
* People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
* People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
* People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
* Health care workers
* Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
* Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

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