Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
You may have noticed the symptoms lately. You are really tired, pain in your back, a little dizzy maybe. Out of nowhere your tummy starts cramping.
This may take you out of the game a day or so, but it is probably not the flu, said Woodward Urgent Care Licensed Practical Nurse Heather Heath.
“We have been seeing this a little bit here lately,” she said.
For the stomach bug that is going around, Heath said her clinic is recommending plenty of fluids and rest.
“So far this season, we have not seen any confirmed cases of the flu yet,” she said.
But it won’t be long before flu season is in full swing, Heath said.
Folks should get a jump on the flu by getting vaccinated, said Woodward County Health Department Director, Terri Salisbury.
The Woodward County Health Department has announced its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule for the upcoming flu season.
Clinics will begin on Monday, October 7th, Salisbury said. Clinics will be held on Mondays from 8 am to 11:30 am and 1 pm to 4:30 pm. There is no charge for the vaccination for those whose income is below 185 percent of the poverty level (about $21,000 for a single person household). There is also no charge for children with no insurance or those on Sooner Care or Native Americans, Alaska natives or children whose insurance does not cover vaccinations, she said. People 65-years-old and older will also not be charged, as Medicare will be billed. Everyone else will pay a $25 fee for the cost of the vaccine and supplies she said.
Flu can be a dangerous disease for people of all ages, even healthy children and adults,” said Salisbury. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting their annual flu shot and we want to remind the public that the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.”
Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and will be available for anyone who wants to be protected from influenza. Several new flu vaccines are available this year including quadrivalent flu vaccines-or a vaccine that covers four strains. There will also be a vaccine made without using eggs for people who are allergic to eggs, she said. But there is still the familiar three-strain flu shot. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who are being vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of vaccine separated by four weeks.
According to Salisbury, those who are immune compromised and children under the age of five are especially advised to get vaccinated.
She also advises anyone else who could suffer complications from the flu should get vaccinated.
“This includes pregnant women, people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease, or other chronic conditions, and all children younger than five years of age. Influenza can make chronic conditions worse. It can be associated with heart attacks, make it harder for diabetics to control their sugar levels, make asthma worse, and lead to pneumonia,” she said.