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Norman Regional Hosting Annual Drive-Through Flu Clinic

NORMAN – Free flu vaccinations for adults will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at the HealthPlex during Norman Regional Hospital’s annual Drive-Through Flu Clinic, sponsored by the Norman Regional Health Foundation. The HealthPlex is at Tecumseh Road and Interstate 35. The event will happen rain or shine and until all 1100 doses are administrated.

Because of dosage variations, pregnant women and children under 18 will not be vaccinated during this event. The vaccinations will continue until the vaccine supply is exhausted.

Those participating in the flu clinic should enter the HealthPlex campus from 36th Avenue NW or from Tecumseh Road (westbound only). Vehicles will be directed through a station set up for consent forms, then will be sent to one of two vaccination tents. Nurses will administer the vaccine while participants remain in their vehicles. Individuals seeking the vaccinations should wear short-sleeved shirts. Car pooling is encouraged to minimize traffic concerns. Participants must be in vehicles to receive the vaccine, no walk-ups will be accepted. Traffic will leave the HealthPlex, eastbound only, onto Tecumseh Road.

Patients seeking treatment at the Urgent Care Center will have access to the parking area through a designated entrance from Tecumseh Road.

Those participating in the flu clinic should check with their physicians if they are allergic to eggs, chicken or chicken feathers; have a sensitivity to thimerosal; have received any other type of vaccine in the past 14 days; are allergic to gentamicin (Garamycin®), an aminoglycoside antibiotic; or have a fever, acute respiratory or other active infections due to illness.

The Center for Disease Control reports that much of the illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented with annual flu vaccines. High-risk groups are people 65 years of age and older and people of any age with chronic diseases of the heart, lung or kidneys or those that have diabetes or immunosuppression. The high-risk group should receive the flu vaccine from mid October to November.

The CDC reports flu vaccines must be given every year because the influenza viruses are continually changing. Each year, the flu vaccine must be updated to include the most current flu virus strains. Also, antibodies made after being vaccinated declines over time, which decreases a person’s immunity to the flu viruses.

The CDC also reports the risk of the flu vaccine causing serious harm or death is very small. Flu vaccines produced in the U.S. cannot cause influenza because they are made from killed influenza viruses, which cannot cause infection. The most common side effects are redness and soreness at the site of the injection, which can be relieved with over the counter pain relievers.

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