TULSA, Okla. - Doctors and other health providers have begun spreading the word about influenza, and urging people to begin taking preventative measures.
Flu season in Oklahoma generally runs from October through April, according to Laurence Burnsed, the Director of the Communicable Disease Division at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
He says anyone over six months of age should get vaccinated for the flu each year.
That's especially true, Burnsed adds, for pregnant women, people with asthma or diabetes, and patients with other underlying medical conditions.
Asked about the availability of flu vaccine this year, he tells KRMG "I'm not aware of any potential problems with shortages, and certainly even though we're early in the season we're already encouraging people to get their flu shots."
Free or low-cost shots are available for most patients at area health departments.