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Flu season: A few vaccine options available in most Oklahoma County health clinics

Along with the flu shot, there are a few other options for getting a flu vaccine — a nasal spray, a high-dose vaccine for people older than 65 and a vaccine with a smaller needle.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: October 4, 2012

The needle used in the intradermal flu shot is 90 percent smaller than the needle used in a regular flu shot, according to the state Health Department.

Anyone older than six months old is recommended to get a flu shot. Public health officials encourage pregnant women or people who suffer from asthma, diabetes, chronic heart, lung disease or other chronic conditions to get the vaccine.

At local health departments, children and adults with health insurance that covers vaccines and also people who make above 185 percent of the poverty level will be charged $25 for flu vaccine. People who have an income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, are 65 years or older or who are enrolled in the Oklahoma Public Employees Health and Welfare insurance plans who present their insurance cards will not be charged.

Also, there isn't a charge for the shot for children whose insurance doesn't cover vaccines or for children without health insurance. Also, children on SoonerCare or who are American Indians or Alaskan natives won't be charged either.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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