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
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.