Garfield County Health Department officials are hoping for another big turnout Wednesday for their second free influenza vaccination clinic.

The clinic will be 1 to 6 p.m. at Cherokee Strip Conference Center, 123 W. Maine.

The department has about 2,100 doses of adult vaccine left, said Paula Pitcher, district nurse manager. It also has 660 doses of children’s vaccine, which is good for children 6 months to 18 years old.

“It’s still plenty early to have the vaccine and be sure to be covered for the entire flu season,” Pitcher said.

At last week’s clinic, about 2,100 doses of flu vaccine were given.

Wednesday’s clinic is open to anyone.

Health department officials urge people determined to be high risk for the flu to get vaccinated. High-risk people are:

• Those 50 and older with or without chronic health conditions.

• Residents of long-term care facilities.

• People who are 2 to 49 with chronic health conditions.

• Children 6 months to 23 months.

• Pregnant women.

• Health care personnel who provide direct patient care.

• Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children 6 months and younger.

Oklahoma’s flu season usually runs from October to May. This year, more than 330,000 doses of adult and child vaccine were ordered by Oklahoma Department of Health.

FluMist, a nasal spray flu vaccine, also is an option for healthy people age 2 to 49. It is not to be used by pregnant women. Call the health department at 233-0650 for availability.

People 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions should ask their doctor if they also should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, which is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu.

Unlike the flu vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. It is available at physicians’ offices and the health department.

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