The Woodward News

October 11, 2012

Flu vaccination clinics scheduled

Gary Engel
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward County Health Department (WCHD) has announced the scheduling of 2 special flu shot clinics.

Vaccine Scheduling Nurse Shawna Elwood said shots will be given to teachers from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, and then to students from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 when they are on fall break. Normal immunization days are Mondays.

All teachers, including those at NWOSU-Woodward and in private schools, can get flu shots, Elwood said.

Students and teachers will need to show their school identification, and teachers their insurance card, she said.

She reminded citizens that on Mondays, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., those that are over 65, Medicaid and Medicare recipients, children with no health insurance or their insurance won't pay for shots.

Persons with HealthChoice and Sooner  Care, and individuals who are enrolled in the state Public Employees Health and Welfare insurance plan and present their membership cards will also get shots free.

"Additionally, families whose income is below 185 percent of the federal poverty level can get the shots free," she said. "Also, those who have proof of being Native Americans or Alaskan-born can get their shots without charge."

Flu inoculations are $25 for those who don't meet the exemptions, officials said. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, call the health department at (580) 256-6416.