The Rogers County Health Department, along with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), is participating in a Statewide Mass Immunization Full Scale Exercise on Wednesday, October 9th, at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway in Claremore. ENTRY WILL BE OFF BRADY STREET. Follow signage.
The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate the ability to provide a large number of immunizations to the Rogers County community. This year flu vaccinations will be provided at “NO OUT OF POCKET COST“ to the public. Individuals who have health insurance are asked to bring their card, as their insurance company will be billed for vaccine and an administration fee.
The theme for the exercise in Claremore is “Protect the Herd” and in Rogers County we will be partnering with Chick-fil-A to offer a special treat to those who receive their flu shots during the exercise.
The exercise is designed for county health departments and the regional medical response system to test their ability to respond and provide mass immunizations in the event of a public health emergency such as an infectious disease outbreak. To test this capability, the Rogers County Health Department will rely on participation from the public. Flu shots will be offered at no out-of-pocket cost for those who participate.
“This is a great opportunity for us to practice our capabilities while offering a service to the public,” said Interim Regional Administrative Director, Maria Alexander.
Flu shots will be provided while supplies last from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Expo Center.
Important things to know:
- Forms can be filled out ahead of time or at the event – find them on our website, http://rogers.health.ok.gov – THOSE WITH COMPLETED FORMS WILL ADVANCE TO AN EXPRESS LANE.
- This is a drive through immunization event, no need to leave your vehicle. Follow signage and volunteers when arriving.
- Wear a shirt that allows you to bare your arm for the vaccine.
- Adult flu vaccine ONLY at this event
- No child vaccine will be available at this event
- No high dose vaccine (for 65+) is available at this event (any adult of any age may get the regular adult dose)
- No flu mist available this year
Please consider getting your flu shot at this event because each year in the United States, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu vaccine is the best defense against getting the flu.
Flu season usually starts in September or October and runs through April or May.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness from the flu including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.
For more information about the flu or flu clinics, contact the Rogers County Health Department at 918-341-3166.