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Flu Outbreak Spurs Renewed Push For Flu Shots

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An influenza outbreak in northeastern Oklahoma has Tulsa Health Department officials emphasizing the need for area residents to obtain flu shots.

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Several schools in neighboring Craig and Ottawa counties have reported as many as half of their students out sick. "Getting a flu shot now can still provide substantial protection against influenza and will help contain the spread and severity of this outbreak." stated Tulsa Health Department Director Gary Cox.

Although it normally takes about 10 to 14 days to reach full immunity from influenza after getting a flu shot, some immunity does begin shortly after getting the vaccination. A nasal flu vaccine called FluMist