Oklahoma health officials are offering flu shots at county health departments throughout the state starting Monday.
The state Department of Health says getting vaccinated against the flu is the single best way to prevent it.
"The overall evidence supports the benefit of flu vaccination," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. "Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu. An annual seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances you will get the flu and that you will spread flu to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread throughout the community."
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. Pregnant women, children younger than 5 and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease or other chronic conditions are encouraged to get the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that from 2005 through 2011, flu vaccinations prevented an estimated 13.6 million cases of influenza, an estimated 5.8 million medical visits and about 113,000 flu-related hospitalizations.
State officials say county health departments will have the following types of flu vaccine available:
County health departments will accept cash, checks or credit cards for payment according to the following fee schedule:
For more information about flu vaccines visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.