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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA Since last flu season had the highest recorded outbreaks in three seasons among the Native American community, including the Cherokee Nation, organizers at all Cherokee Nation Health Centers are ramping up their efforts to combat it by providing multiple flu vaccinations around the 14-county area.
“We hope to promote awareness of getting the vaccine and how important it is to your health,”
said Jennifer Tredway-Belden, Cherokee Nation's infection preventionist.
“We hope that this year’s influenza rates will be less, and our employees and patient immunization rates will increase.”
W.W. Hastings Hospital is offering free flu and pneumococcal vaccines to patients with a Cherokee Nation chart now through October 11. Check in at the flu registration window on the main floor from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.
The Amo Health Center in Salina is even offering a drive thru flu clinic on Friday. Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee and Sam Hider in Jay are hosting free flu clinics for not only its patients, but also the non-Native public.
The flu season typically runs September to March, but each year peaks during different months. Last season it peaked around December, with 119 patients at Hastings testing positive and 399 in January.
More than 17,500 patients had a flu vaccine from Cherokee Nation Health Services last flu season.
For general vaccine information, contact Tredway-Belden at 918.458.3389 or email@example.com.
The following is a list of flu clinic dates and locations within the 14 county tribal jurisdiction:
Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center (Stilwell)
For all patients with charts, 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday
(The following dates are for adults ages 18 and older only.)
For more information, call the Public Health Clerk at 918.696.8826.
Vinita Health Center
Every Monday from 8 am to 5 p.m. at the health center. Ages six months and older.
(The following dates are for ages 3 and older only.)
For more information, call Sheryl Young at 918.256.4834.
Sam Hider Health Center (Jay)
Every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am and 1 to 4 pm at the health center. Must have a Cherokee Nation chart. For children 6 months and older and adults.
Every Tuesday-Thursday until all vaccines are gone, Kansas WIC Office. Open to the public. For children 6 months and older, and adults.
(The following dates and locations are open to the public and for children 3 years and older and adults.)
For more information, call Vicki Madha at 918.253.1757.
Amo Health Center (Salina)
Mondays, 9 am to 11:30 am. Must have Cherokee Nation chart. Adults only.
(The following dates are for adults, ages 18 and older only, and open to the public.)
For more information, call Susan Johnson at 918.434.8513.
Will Rogers (Nowata) and Bartlesville Health Centers
Mondays, 8 am to 4 pm, Will Rogers Health Center walk-in clinic (ages 3 and older)
Tuesdays, 8 am to 4 pm, Bartlesville Health Center walk-in clinic (ages 3 and older)
(The following dates are for adults, ages 18 and older only.)
For more information, call Rebecca Kidwell at 918.273.7523.
Three River Health Center (Muskogee)
Clinics at schools and other sites are pending. For more information, call Carissa McMurtrey at 918.781.6524.
Redbird Smith Health Center (Sallisaw)
(The following dates and locations are open to the public, ages 18 and older.)
For more information, call Chris Thompson at 918.774.1441.
posted September 26, 2013 11:10 am edt