The Comanche County Health Department has announced its schedule for flu shot vaccination clinics for the upcoming flu season. This year more than 330,000 doses of adult and child vaccine were ordered by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to be distributed to county health departments and public healthcare providers statewide. State health officials believe supplies of vaccine will be sufficient to meet this year's demand for the flu shot.
The Comanche County Health Department has scheduled several clinics beginning October 22 at senior nutrition sites for adults at highest risk of complications from influenza. Please contact the local senior nutrition center in your area for the dates and times.
For all other persons not considered high risk but who wish to reduce their chances of getting the flu, the Comanche County Health Department will offer a drive-thru flu shot clinic November 9, from 7am to 12pm, at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. The drive-thru clinic will be available only for persons age 19 or older. Those choosing to attend the drive-thru clinic will need to wear a short-sleeve shirt. Please, no pets in vehicle.
In addition, the form that has to be filled out before the flu shot can be given is available via the Comanche County website. Those who complete this form and have it ready at the drive-thru clinic will be able to save some time in line. The form is also available to be picked up in the lobby of the health department. It is preferred, but not required, they have their form completed.
Vaccine for those under the age of 19 will not be available in the health department until early November. All those under the age of 19 who wish to receive a flu shot will need to go to their private health care provider or to the Comanche County Health Department, 1010 S. Sheridan Rd., Lawton. For those going to the health department, please call after the first of November to see if the vaccine has come in.
"We usually don't see our first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza until late November or early December. We hope our Comanche County residents will use every opportunity to get vaccinated throughout the fall and winter months," said Comanche County Health Department Administrator Karen Mahan.
"At the current time, we anticipate having enough flu vaccine this year," Mahan said. She emphasized the vaccine is also available through private healthcare providers.
Persons at high risk of complications from influenza include the following:
- Persons aged 50 years and older, regardless of chronic health conditions
- Residents of long-term care facilities
- Persons 2 to 49 years of age with chronic health conditions
- Children ages 6 - 23 months
- Pregnant women
- Health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
- Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 6 months or younger
Persons 65 and older, as well as those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor if they should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, which is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is available at physicians' offices and the Comanche County Health Department.