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Can­di­date fo­rum sched­uled

The Ok­la­homa Be­hav­ioral Health As­so­ci­a­tion will hear pre­sen­ta­tions from Repub­li­can gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Kevin Stitt and Linda Ed­mond­son, who will speak on be­half of Demo­cratic can­di­date

Drew Ed­mond­son.

The fo­rum will run from 1-3:30 p.m. Tues­day at NorthCare, 2617 Gen. Per­sh­ing Blvd. It is free and open to the pub­lic.

Oral sur­geons of­fer help

Oral Surgery Spe­cial­ists of Ok­la­homa are of­fer­ing one per­son a free arch restora­tion, which typ­i­cally costs about $50,000.

Arch restora­tion re­places dam­aged or miss­ing teeth with a per­ma­nent im­plant. The sur­geons are seek­ing a per­son with an “in­spir­ing” story who can’t af­ford nec­es­sary den­tal work.

Last year, 1,600 peo­ple ap­plied for one free pro­ce­dure. They shared sto­ries of los­ing their teeth due to ge­netic dis­or­ders, abuse, ac­ci­dents and other cir­cum­stances. The sur­geons chose Ash­ley Sor­rels, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher and fos­ter par­ent who was em­bar­rassed by her poor den­tal health.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are due Oct. 24. It is open to peo­ple who live in the Ok­la­homa City area. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Ok­la­homaCi­tyOralSurgery .com/Se­condChance.

Free flu shots avail­able

The Ok­la­homa State Depart­ment of Health will of­fer flu shots with no out-of­pocket costs start­ing Mon­day.

Those with in­sur­ance are asked to bring their card so the depart­ment can seek re­im­burse­ment for the shot. The free shots are avail­able at all state-run health depart­ment clin­ics. Ok­la­homa City-County Health Depart­ment is run sep­a­rately and started of­fer­ing shots last week.

Any­one six months or older can get the flu shot. While many healthy adults re­cover from the flu af­ter a few un­pleas­ant days, they can spread it to peo­ple who at a higher risk of se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing se­nior cit­i­zens, young chil­dren and peo­ple with chronic con­di­tions.

Last year, 291 peo­ple in Ok­la­homa died from sea­sonal in­fluenza. More than 4,800 peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized with flu com­pli­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion to get­ting the shot, you can re­duce your risk of get­ting the flu by get­ting suf­fi­cient rest, wash­ing your hands or us­ing al­co­hol-based hand san­i­tiz­ers and ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly. If you get sick, stay home to avoid in­fect­ing oth­ers, and cover your coughs and sneezes.

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