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October 3, 2009

It’s seasonal flu shot season

OSU starts Tuesday; Payne County Oct. 29

Are you ready for a flu shot?

Payne County and Oklahoma State University health officials have received their shipments of seasonal flu vaccine and will begin flu shots this month.

Last week, the U.S. largest supplier of seasonal flu vaccine – Sanofi Pasteur – announced it was running behind on shipping those vaccines, partly because of the crunch to produce millions of doses of H1N1 vaccine.

University Health Service Director Steve Rogers and Payne County Health Department Administrative Director Annette O’Connor said they have enough seasonal flu vaccine on hand to begin inoculations.

Oklahoma State University will offer free flu shots to students Tuesday at the Starlight Terrace at the Student Union.

“It’s going to be a big push,” Rogers said. “We are encouraging all students to get flu shots.”

After Tuesday’s clinic, students can receive free flu shots at the University Health Services Center on campus, Rogers said. The shots will be available until the center’s supply is exhausted.

The Payne County Health Department’s community flu drive-in program will start at 6 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Stillwater Medical Center, O’Connor said.

The county health department has received 75 percent of its seasonal flu shot order and expects the rest in a few weeks, O’Connor said.

“We are OK as far as our needs,” she said.

O’Connor said she doesn’t know if private companies that are giving flu shots have experienced delays in getting their vaccines.

The H1N1 flu epidemic that hit Oklahoma State University in August and early September has waned, Rogers said. The university had more than 100 cases in the first few weeks of school.

“It’s been very slow the last three weeks,” Rogers said, noting H1N1 flu hit its peak on campus about five weeks ago.

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