Norman Regional HealthPlex’s Drive-Thru Flu Clinic begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 15.
The event will happen rain or shine and until all the 1,100 shots are given. Because of dosage variations, pregnant women and children under 18 will not be vaccinated. The Drive-Thru Flu Clinics are sponsored by Norman Regional Health Foundation.
Individuals seeking the vaccine should wear short-sleeve shirts. Car pooling is encouraged to minimize traffic concerns. Participants must be in vehicles, no walk-ups will be accepted. Nurses will administer the vaccine while participants remain in their vehicles.
Those participating in the HealthPlex flu clinic should enter the HealtPlex from 36th Avenue Northwest or Tecumseh Road, westbound only. The HealthPlex is located at Tecumseh Road and Interstate 35.
Those that want to receive a flu shot 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; 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.