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Is It Too Early To Get Vaccinated? Flu Season Is Coming

In the midst of the weather changing and the days getting shorter, it's important to remember that flu season is upon us. Unfortunately, predicting the type of flu season that’s ahead is very difficult.  According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there have been 17 flu-related hospitalizations and/or deaths since Sept. 1, 2017.

The flu season in northeastern Oklahoma typically peaks in February, but flu activity can span the months of September through May.  

Be prepared for whatever type of flu season is on its way by getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend "a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses." Additionally, the protection you get from a vaccination will last throughout the entire flu season.

The flu vaccine is administered by an injection. The CDC advises that nearly everyone who is six months of age or older get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. There is a higher-dose flu vaccine for patients aged 65 and older which is more effective at preventing influenza in seniors. Be sure to speak with a doctor before getting vaccinated if:

  • If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome(GBS), a severe but rare autoimmune disease.
  •  If you are sick or not feeling well.

All Utica Park Clinic primary care locations are now stocked with this season’s flu vaccine. Please call your preferred clinic location today to make arrangements for getting vaccinated or call 918-579-DOCS (3627). You can also get vaccinated at Utica Park Clinic Urgent Care, 9245 S. Mingo in Tulsa. No appointment is necessary. Walk in and get your flu shot anytime during the following hours:

     • Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
     • Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
     • Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information about how you can protect yourself and others from the flu this season, click here.