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February 19, 2014

Red Cross holding flu prevention education event

Woodward, Okla. — The American Red Cross along with local partners will be hosting a cold and flu preparedness event on Friday (Feb. 21) from 9:30 a.m. to 12;30 p.m. at the Woodward Senior Center, 1420 Downs.

Red Cross officials will be joined by representatives from Woodward Senior Citizen Center, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Woodward Regional Hospital, and Western Medical Equipment and Drugs.  Ken Garcia, Regional Director of Communications with Red Cross, says this is a come and go event and organizers encourage as many people as possible to take a few minutes and learn how to prevent getting the flu and prevent it from spreading.

"Our local partners will be on hand to help provide more information on the flu as well as prevention tips." said Garcia.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the OSHD list Oklahoma as one of 7 states reporting a high level of flu activity.  According to OSHD, there have been 975 hospitalizations due to the flu with 33 deaths reported since September 29, 2013. Since January 29, 2014 there have been 72 new cases in the state.

Influenza spreads by respiratory droplets released during talking, coughing, laughing or sneezing.  It can also be spread by direct contact with contaminated objects and then touching one's mouth and nose.  It affects the nose, throat, airways and lungs.  

Prevention is the best way to slow the spread of influenza according to OSHD.  Getting the flu shot is one of the best measures.  Good hygiene is also a major factor in slowing the spread of the flu.

“We are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to get correct information to our community about this dangerous but preventable illness.” said Dave Wallace, CEO, Woodward Regional Hospital. “It’s important for everyone to know what they can do to prevent the spread of influenza.”

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