For Release: Feb. 7, 2018– Tony Sellars, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601
In an effort to help combat the growing number of flu cases in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has provided 1,080 doses of flu vaccine to the Tulsa Health Department for this weekend’s immunization effort at Woodland Hills Mall.
The vaccine will be used this Saturday at the event, which will run from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa. The pop-up clinic will be located in the lower level of the mall across from Apple and Gymboree.
“We are excited to partner with the Tulsa Health Department in this effort to get as many people immunized as possible,” said OSDH Director of Immunization Service Lori Linstead.
More than 2,500 Oklahomans have been hospitalized and the OSDH has confirmed 92 deaths so far this flu season, which began in September 2017 and is not expected to end until sometime in late March.
“It is not too late to protect yourself from the flu,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. “The vaccine will continue to provide protection from what has been an exceptionally hard hitting flu season.”
All county health departments around the state of Oklahoma have ample supplies of flu vaccine and immunization is recommended for all, especially those in the higher risk categories of ages 1 to 5 and over age 65.