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County health department to offer flu shots Oct. 2

The Comanche County Health Department will begin its seasonal influenza vaccination clinic schedule starting Oct. 2.

Times will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the department, 1010 S. Sheridan. The health department will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and the local on health department recommend flu vaccination each year for every person 6 months of age and older. The more people vaccinated, the less the chance that flu will spread in families and communities.

Each year in the U.S., flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. Flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu. Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.

"It takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully protected, so it is important for everyone in your family to be vaccinated as soon as possible," said Brandie O'Connor, administrative director for the Comanche County Health Department. "Protection from the flu vaccine lasts about six months, so people vaccinated in October should be protected through April of next year."

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