NORMAN — The Cleveland County Health Department will hold influenza vaccination clinics beginning Friday and continuing every Friday throughout the flu season, officials said.
Shots will be given between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Norman office at 250 12th Ave. NE and the Moore office, 424 S Eastern Ave.
The shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. People at high risk of serious complications from flu are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine, including pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease or other chronic conditions.
Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine, said Sherri Kinney, administrative director for the Cleveland County Health Department.
Flu shots are free for families whose income is less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, for adults 65 and older and for children who have no health insurance or are on SoonerCare or are Indian or Alaskan.
High-dose flu vaccines, a vaccine with four times the antigen of regular flu vaccine, will be available for people 65 or older. Immune systems are less responsive as people age, and the high-dose vaccine provides more protection, although it comes with a slightly higher chance for typical side effects such as sore arm, headache and low fever, said Kinney.
Besides getting a flu vaccination, people 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions should ask their doctors whether they should be vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, if they have not already received a dose, Kinney said.
For more information about the flu vaccines, call the Norman office at 321-4048 or the Moore office at 794-1591.