The Woodward News

Local News

December 2, 2012

Public encouraged to get flu vaccinations

Woodward, Okla. — If you've been putting off a flu shot, the Woodward County Health Department encourages getting one during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8.

"Many people are at risk from complications caused by the flu and that's why the vaccination is recommended for everyone 6-months of age and older," said Terri Salisbury, administrative director of the Woodward County Health Department. "The flu can cause serious illness, or even death, so it's better to protect yourself and loved ones by getting the vaccination."

Flu shots are available at the health department, with Mondays set aside as vaccination days, where clients do not need to make an appointment to get their inoculation.

The Health Department clinic is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Salisbury said while the flu can make anyone sick, there are certain people who are at greater risk of suffering serious complications from the illness.

These high-risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated, including:

- Persons at least 50 years old.

- Those with a chronic lung disease, like asthma and COPD.

- Type I and II diabetics.

- Persons with heart disease.

- Sufferers of neurological problems, and other long-term health conditions.

- Pregnant women.

SURVEY SHOWS HEALTH PROVIDERS FALLING SHORT ON GETTING SHOTS

Shawna Elwood, the health department's vaccination specialist, said health care workers are another group that should make sure they have their flu shots.

"People who are taking care of others should be immunized," Elwood said.

This is because health care workers are often at centers or in homes where there are patients who are at high risk of getting complications or dying from the flu, Salisbury said.

However, she said the Centers for Disease Control conducted research and found just 52 percent of health care workers in long-term care facilities got a flu shot last year.

She said this is troubling since health care workers can spread the virus before they know they are even sick, because of the incubation period.

That's why Salisbury, too, encouraged all health care workers to get the vaccine.

Elwood said the health department is committed to doing its part to cut down on the spread of the flu, as each of its employees has been vaccinated.

Text Only
Local News
  • Enrollment dates set for schools

    With school quickly approaching, it is time to get your enrollment information in and Woodward Public Schools have set their enrollment and other key dates.

    July 30, 2014

  • Marijuana petition attracting signatures

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Medical marijuana may be the state’s newest gateway drug — to voting.

    July 30, 2014

  • Glow run scheduled in Alva

    ALVA--A popular new trend in running is coming to Woods County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Boy, 7, drowns in weekend accident

    A seven-year-old boy died over the weekend when he fell into a swimming pool at a private residence in the Wheatridge addition, according to Woodward police reports.

    July 29, 2014

  • Commission OKs grader financing

    Monday morning in their weekly meeting, Woodward County Commissioners approved the financing on a new John Deere motor grader and discussed in detail the upcoming County Officers and Deputies Association meeting the county will host this October.

    July 29, 2014

  • Deal reached to improve veterans' health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    July 29, 2014

  • Western Plains sets school supplies drive

     As the beginning of the school year approaches, so does the need for new school supplies.

    July 29, 2014

  • Area woman recovering from West Nile

    It wasn’t too many years ago when West Nile Virus was a scary word everyone hoped never happened to them and most of the time, that was true.

    July 27, 2014

  • Dedication set for art pieces

    Woodward’s collection of public art pieces will grow by two this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’ making stop in Woodward

    A musician is looking to raise $5,000 at an upcoming local concert.
    But Scott Helmer isn't raising the money for himself.  He is hoping to collect money to help support the Woodward Arts Theatre.

    July 26, 2014