After November when you see signs that advertise: "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here," you might think, "Isn't it too late for that?" The answer is no, it's not too late!

"In Oklahoma, flu season typically peaks in January or February and can last as late as May," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. "We are encouraging people who have not yet been vaccinated this flu season to get vaccinated now."

For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States from flu complications each year. Also, the flu can be deadly. Flu-associated deaths in the United States can range from 3,000 to about 49,000, depending on the severity of the flu season.

This is why the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. It is available as a shot and as a nasal spray. There are many flu vaccine options to choose from including: a flu shot that protects against three flu viruses, a shot that protects against four flu viruses, an intradermal flu shot (for adults 18 through 64 years of age), an egg-free shot (for adults 18 through 49 years of age), and a high-dose flu shot (for people 65 and older). The nasal spray vaccine, which protects against four flu viruses, is approved only for use in healthy people ages 2 to 49 years who aren't pregnant. Talk with your health care provider about the different vaccine options if you have questions, or visit this CDC website: