Mask will be required for all guests and staff during each clinic. Masks will be provided for anyone who may need one.
Elder Care will be offering both walk-in and drive-thru options on alternating Saturdays. Elder Care’s goal is to offer a comfortable solution for an individual seeking a flu shot. If inclement weather occurs on a day that a drive-thru clinic is scheduled, it will be relocated inside.
Elder Care will also pre-register individuals this year prior to the scheduled flu shot clinics. Individuals can call Elder Care to complete their vaccination form on the phone. Pre-registering your information does not guarantee you a flu shot but it does reduce your wait time when arriving and allows Elder Care to understand the needs of the community. To pre-register, please call Elder Care at 918-336-8500.
Elder Care will be offering two quadrivalent vaccines. The Flucelvax regular dose vaccine designed for ages 18 and older and the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine for those 65 and older. Quadrivalent flu vaccines are designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states:
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) contained in regular flu shots. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response (more antibody) in the person getting the vaccine. Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases the body’s ability to have a good immune response after getting the influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicated that the high-dose vaccine was 24% more effective in preventing flu in adults 65 years and older relative to a standard-dose vaccine and is associated with am lower risk of hospitalizations.