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Oklahoma Caring Vans offer free flu shots this month


By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

The Oklahoma Caring Vans are mobilizing throughout Oklahoma City this month to help fight the spread of the flu virus this season.

Caring Vans provide free immunizations to children at licensed childcare homes, centers, schools and community events. A registered nurse from the City-County Health Department will administer the immunizations.

In addition to flu shots, the Oklahoma Caring Vans provide all immunizations required by Oklahoma law for enrollment in schools or childcare facilities.

The program offers preventive services at no charge to children, aged six weeks through 18 years, who qualify; this includes children who are uninsured, Medicaid eligible or American Indian.

“Through the Oklahoma Caring Van Program, nine vans will travel the state providing nearly 9,000 flu vaccinations to children this flu season,” said Amy Pulliam, Oklahoma Caring Foundation Unit Manager. “By offering this preventive service, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation is working to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children by reducing the spread of the flu virus.”

Immunizations are given on a first come, first serve basis. For each child immunized, a parent or guardian must be present to provide current shot records and to complete paperwork. Body Mass Index screenings will be available for children 2-18 years of age.

All children are required to be current on their immunizations prior to childcare or school entry. Immunization records are necessary for children entering Pre-K or Kindergarten, seventh grade or college to enroll.

Patient information is entered into OSIIS (Oklahoma State Immunization Information System) so that children’s immunization records will be portable. The Oklahoma Caring Van program has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, offering clinics in communities statewide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, children are at greater risk for influenza related health complications and commonly require medical care due to the flu, especially under the age of 5. They report that the single best way to protect children from the flu is to get them vaccinated each year.

See below for Oklahoma City Caring Van Public Clinics happening in November.

Since the program began in October 1999, thousands of children have received immunizations from registered immunization nurses aboard the Caring Vans.

Immunization information is entered in the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS) so children’s vaccine history is readily available.

The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization administered as an in kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company. These companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The Foundation was established in 1994 to improve the health of Oklahoma children through vaccinations and access to basic, preventive health care.

The Oklahoma Caring Van locations and schedules can be found at and on the Oklahoma Caring Foundation Facebook page.  For more information, call 405-316-7170 in Oklahoma City or 918-551-3397 in Tulsa.

Oklahoma City Caring Van Schedule:

Saturday, November 5
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Independence Charter School
3232 NW 65th St.
Oklahoma City 73116

Tuesday, November 8
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation WIC
5401 S. Western
Oklahoma City 73109

Wednesday, November 9
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
7001 S. Western
Oklahoma City 73139

Saturday, November 12
12:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
U. S. Grant High School
5016 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City 73119

Tuesday, November 15
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Christ Community
Health Coalition
101 SW 25th St.
Oklahoma City 73109

Wednesday, November 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3530 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City 73122

Thursday, November 17
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Latino Community
Development Agency
420 SW 10th St.
Oklahoma City 73109

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Citizen Potawatomi WIC
2305 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City 73106

Friday, November 18
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
500 SE Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City 73129


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