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There are many instances in which the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those who fail to strengthen their body’s immune system are usually more prone to flu-related ailments. This is especially true for seniors who already deal with other illnesses and body complications.
Now that we are entering the cold months, flu cases are on the rise, and one way of fighting it off is to get a flu vaccine shot. In Oklahoma City, health officials are encouraging all seniors citizens to get a flu shot, which are available at health departments, pharmacies, and even retail stores.
Three kinds of vaccines are available to seniors: the trivalent flu vaccine, quadrivalent flu vaccine, and high-dose vaccine. The trivalent flu vaccine is protects against three of the most common strains of the flu virus, while the quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four. Seniors ages 65 and up are recommended to have the higher-dose flu shot.
Seniors who have healthcare plans and Medicare can have their flu shots covered by insurance.
The storm that hit Oklahoma last week caused millions of dollars in damage to residential properties and commercial buildings. Sadly, in addition to that, several people lost their lives. That is why state officials are looking for ways to enhance safety within the state, especially in schools and residential areas. Officials are forming discussion groups and task forces to tackle ways in which to better prepare for future natural disasters and save lives.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling for state discussions concerning the safety of schools. Gov. Fallin stressed the need for safe rooms that will better protect students and teachers during possible storms. In addition, schools need to implement practice drills in order to better educate the students and administrators on what they should do in case of storms or other dangerous incidents.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is also forming a task force to address the issue of safety in the city. The task force will discuss the recent storms and lessons learned as ways to determine what to do in future. The city task force will consist of state leaders and members of the business community. They will discuss the need for storm shelters, safe rooms, and other precautionary measures that can help save lives in future natural disasters.
Residents who frequently bicycle around the city will now have a safer and more comfortable way to do it, thanks to bicycle lanes that will be placed throughout the city as a part of the proposed bicycle Master Plan for Edmond.
A citywide bicycle network has been proposed and is currently being deliberated on by the Edmond City Council. The bicycle plan will be included in the city’s transportation plan and Plan IV zoning ordinance and will cover about 146.2 miles of lanes around the city.
According to the Master Plan, there will be low cost improvements required for the implementation of the new ordinance, which would cover the cost of signage and pavement markings along and within exiting roadways. There will also be a network of bicycle facilities that will include educating all roadway users and encouraging them to try bicycling. Other accommodations included are shared lane markings, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders, and side paths.
The Master Plan will be reconfiguring the four-lane and not-so-busy street into two lanes for traffic, a turn lane, and two bicycle lanes, one on each side of the roadway. In order to introduce the new plan, there will be a pilot program for bicycle lanes on University Boulevard along the west side of the University of Central Oklahoma.
More traffic can be expected starting next week along Bryant Avenue in Edmond when construction for a new bridge box set begins. Only one lane of the road will be open in each direction, and city officials are asking residents to change their routes if possible in order to avoid congesting the area.
The Bryant Bridge is part of the 1996 sales tax money projects that voters approved for capital improvements. A budget of $1.48 million has been allotted for the entire project.
One of the reasons for constructing the Bryant Bridge is due to the frequent flooding within the area due to poor drainage systems.
The construction of the new bridge is set to start on September 17 north of 15th Street. The project is expected to take six months to complete.