Karen Johnson, of Fort Gibson, receives her flu vaccine from W.W. Hastings Hospital Registered Nurse Tricia Taylor.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —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 Oct. 11. Check in at the flu registration window on the main floor from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
(The following dates are for adults ages 18 and older only.)
Sept. 20, 9 a.m., Zion School
Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bell School Library
Sept. 27, 9 a.m., Rocky Mtn. School Head Start
Sept. 27, 1 p.m., Zion School Head Start
Sept. 30, 10:45 a.m., Stilwell High School
Sept. 30, 1:30 p.m., Stilwell Middle School
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Cave Springs School
Oct. 4, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Greasy School
Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon, Westville school
Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocky Mtn. School community event
Oct. 10, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Maryetta School
Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Maryetta School
Oct. 14, 10 a.m., Dahlonegah School
Oct. 15, time TBD, Watts and Skelly School
Oct. 16, 5 a.m., PECOFacet Plant
Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Cherry Tree Head Start
Nov. 7, 5 p.m., Dahlonegah School Fall Carnival
For more information, call the Public Health Clerk at 918-696-8826.
Vinita Health Center
Every Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the health center. Ages six months and older.
(The following dates are for ages 3 and older only.)
Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ranchers store, White Oak
Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, Bluejacket City Hall
Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cherokee Nation Housing Office, Vinita
Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., White Oak Food Distribution Tailgate site
Oct. 16, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., Ketchum Senior Center
Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Welch Harvest Days
Nov. 15, time TBD, Osyio Expo, Vinita Health Center
For more information, call Sheryl Young at 918-256-4834.
Sam Hider Health Center (Jay)
Every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. at the health center. Must have a Cherokee Nation chart. For children 6 months and older and adults.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 24, and 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.)
Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ketchum Senior Citizens
Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bernice Senior Citizens
Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairland Senior Citizens
Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kenwood Senior Citizens
Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colcord Senior Citizens
Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Grove Senior Citizens
Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oaks Senior Citizens
Oct. 23, (tentative) 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Jay Wal-Mart
Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Afton City Hall
For more information, call Vicki Madha at 918-253-1757.
Amo Health Center (Salina)
Mondays, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Must have Cherokee Nation chart. Adults only.
(The following dates are for adults, ages 18 and older only, and open to the public.)
Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, Amo Health Center, drive-thru
Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to noon, Lakeside Bank of Salina
Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to noon, First State Bank of Porter
For more information, call Susan Johnson at 918-434-8513.
Will Rogers (Nowata) and Bartlesville Health Centers
Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Will Rogers Health Center walk-in clinic (ages 3 and older)
Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bartlesville Health Center walk-in clinic (ages 3 and older)
(The following dates are for adults, ages 18 and older only.)
Sept. 24, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Cherokee Community Building, South Coffeyville
Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nowata walk-in clinic
Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Delaware Tribe Building, Bartlesville
Oct. 3, 6-7 p.m., Dewey Senior event center
For more information, call Rebecca Kidwell at 918-273-7523.
Three River Health Center (Muskogee)
Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at the health center. Open to the public, ages 18 and older.
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.)
Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Marble City Community Nutrition Center
Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Muldrow Community Nutrition Center (MCCO)
Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tsa La Gi Community Nutrition Center, Sallisaw
Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sallisaw Nutrition Center
For more information, call Chris Thompson at 918-774-1441.
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