, Muskogee, OK

October 1, 2013

Cherokee clinics offering flu shots

— TAHLEQUAH — Organizers at Cherokee Nation Health Centers are ramping up their efforts to combat flu outbreaks by providing flu vaccinations, a media release states.

Last flu season had the highest recorded outbreaks in three seasons among the Native American community, including the Cherokee Nation.

W.W. Hastings Hospital is offering free flu and pneumococcal vaccines to patients with a Cherokee Nation chart 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.

Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee is hosting a free flu clinic not only for its patients, but also for non-Natives. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center. Shots are available to the public, ages 18 and older.

More than 17,500 patients had a flu vaccine from Cherokee Nation Health Services last flu season.

Clinics at schools and other sites are pending. Information: Carissa McMurtrey, (918) 781-6524.

For general vaccine information, contact Tredway-Belden: (918) 458-3389 or