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Swine flu risks seen as higher for blacks in Oklahoman

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 12, 2010 at 7:36 am •  Published: February 12, 2010
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Black people appear to be at an increased risk of hospitalization or death from swine flu, according to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

In Oklahoma County, blacks make up 14 percent of the population but have accounted for 33 percent of hospitalizations.

"That doesn’t mean there’s any sort of racial or genetic characteristic that would make blacks more susceptible to the flu — we don’t have any evidence of that,” said city-county health department epidemiologist Susan Harman in a news release.

Only 3 percent of blacks in Oklahoma County have received swine flu vaccinations, according to department records.

Since Oct. 1, more than 559,000 H1N1 doses have been administered in the state. Forty people have died from H1N1, but no new deaths have been reported in recent weeks, according to state Health Department records.

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H1n1 CLINICS

The Oklahoma

City-County Health Department will sponsor free clinics:

→2 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, 921

NE 23.

→3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Russell Babb Elementary School, 20901 NE 10, Harrah.

→10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Metro Transit Station, 420 NW 5.

The health department and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic will offer these free clinics and health screenings:

→10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S

May Ave.

→3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Choctaw High School cafe-teria, 14300 NE 10.

→9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, Cox

Convention Center,

1 Myriad Gardens.

→4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.

To learn more
For more information about the

clinics, call 427-8651.

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