The following organizations have come together in collaboration to present a free drive-thru flu clinic for all Osage County residents:

• Osage County Health Department

• Osage Nation Public Health Nursing

• Osage County Emergency Management

• Osage Nation Community Health Representatives

• Osage County Fire Department

• WahZhaZhi Health Center

The drive-thru flu clinic will be held at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday or until vaccines are no longer available. We will be providing free flu vaccinations for all ages 3 years and up! Quadrivalent and special vaccine for persons 65 and over will be available. All residents are eligible, but vaccine supplies are limited.

Regulations for the event are as follows:

• No pets allowed.

• Children (8 years and under) and first time flu vaccine recipients will need to walk into the women’s building to receive vaccine.

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.

“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 Larry Bergner, administrative director for the Osage 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.”

Immunization is the safest and best way to protect people at high risk from the flu such as pregnant women, children and people with chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their doctor about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year.

For more information or questions regarding the Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Event please contact Melissa Lovrich at (918) 287-3740 or Jaime Clark at (918) 287-5482.