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Flu season resources for children

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 10:07:30-04

OKMULGEE, Okla. — Flu season officially started three days ago.

Doctors are already seeing people with flu-like symptoms.

They say now is the time to roll up your sleeve and protect your children, too.

One local organization is doing something to stop the spread of the virus, which can be deadly.

Kaylee McCarthy, a fifth grade student at Dunbar Elementary School, says she knows exactly why she needs the shot.

"It sometimes helps you to keep away from the flu and it fights off the germs inside of you that tries to give you the flu," McCarthy said.

Kaylee and her brother Daniel signed up for shots this morning.

"We're gonna go in the van and the nurse is gonna give us the flu shot in our arm," McCarthy said.

The caring van is a mobile clinic that administers vaccines for students 18 and under.

They are for students 18 and under with medicaid, no insurance and also if they are Native American.

"I know transportation can be difficult sometimes," said Ruth Toledo, Caring Van specialist. "So we kind of just bring healthcare to them. Which I think is kind of very special. Usually we just kind of try and make it a easy process for parents. We try to make sure that we go where the population that we serve is."

The Tulsa Caring Van covers the North and Eastern portions of Oklahoma.

Sometimes they see hundreds of students a day.

For more information on how to access these resources, click here.

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