Cherokee Nation Offering Free Flu Shots in Nowata, Craig, Washington and Sequoyah Counties
NOWATA, OK — The Cherokee Nation will be offering flu shots at various locations in Nowata, Craig, Washington and Sequoyah counties throughout the month of November.
Flu shots will be offered Thursday, November 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the Washington County Cherokee Association meeting in Dewey; on Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Vinita Indian Territory Day celebration at the Craig County Fairgrounds in Vinita; on Friday, November 14, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at White Oak School; and on Thursday, November 20, at the community building in South Coffeyville beginning at 5:30 p.m. Flu vaccinations provided at the above locations are available at no cost to the public and you do not have to be a Cherokee citizen to participate.
In addition, the Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata will offer walk-in flu shots each Wednesday and Friday throughout November from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. for current patients of the health center. Patients can also call and schedule appointments anytime at the Will Rogers Health Center or at the Cherokee Nation Bartlesville and Vinita Clinics. You must be a Cherokee citizen or a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe with a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card to receive services at any of the Cherokee Nation health centers.
In Sequoyah County, the shots will be offered to members of the community on Thursday, November 13, at the Flute Springs Community Center and again on Wednesday, November 19, at the Tsa La Gi Community Center in located at 406 E. Ruth in Sallisaw. In addition, the Nation will be providing shots free of charge to faculty and staff members of several area schools, including Marble City, Vian, Brushy, Muldrow, Roland, Moffet, Liberty and Gore.
The Center for Disease Control advises anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu get vaccinated, and they recommend those who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications get the vaccine, including children, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu. There are also those who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician, including people who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, people who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination, children less than 6 months of age and people who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever. The ability of flu vaccine to protect a person depends on the age and health status of the person getting the vaccine, and the similarity between the virus strains in the vaccine and those in circulation. Testing has shown that both the flu shot and the nasal-spray vaccine are effective at preventing the flu.