Flu shot availability in Green Country

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/08/2013 10:49 pm Published: 1/08/2013 10:35 pm

At 3 p.m. on Tuesday the medical director at the Visiting Nurses Association in Tulsa had to turn people away for the day; the supply of influenza vaccinations was gone from the shelves.

“We ran out of vaccine,” said registered nurse, Merlyn Sweet, “It’s the second time that I have had to reorder vaccine.”

Sweet says that the demand for vaccinations has increased with the recent surge in local flu hospitalizations and two flu deaths in Tulsa County.

“At the beginning of the season I ordered 13,000 shots and we gave that out so then I ordered a couple hundred more and we are out of that,” said Sweet.

Sweet says that the VNA will be restocked with 200 influenza vaccinations by 11 a.m. on Wednesday. They are out of the influenza mist vaccination and don’t anticipate that they will receive another shipment.

Raemy Deweese took her daughter to the Visiting Nurses Association for a flu shot because her family physician had run out of the immunization.

“I guess they ran out before we got here but we will be back,” said Deweese, “A lot of people we know have come down with the flu.”

Walgreen's and Drug Ware House in Tulsa told FOX23 that they have plenty of flu shots still available. CVS reports that they will have more flu shots available on Thursday.

Economy Pharmacy in Tulsa is no longer keeping flu shots or mist in stock this season but has noticed a prescription item is flying off of shelves.

“The most popular thing right now is Tamiflu for kids,” said Pharmacist Chris Schiller. Schiller says that Tamiflu can help to prevent the flu if you have been exposed to the virus.

Epidemiologist at St. Francis in Tulsa, Dr. Mark Rowland says that it is not too late to get a flu shot.

“This year the flu shot was a good match,” said Dr. Rowland, “The influenza virus that is circulating matches the virus that we devised the flu vaccine for.”

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GodsGutterPunk - 1/9/2013 6:08 PM
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oh and just for the ones who don't know or understand , buying all natural at a drug store is just plain dumb , one their not going to sell you something they know is better than that which makes them so much money, and two their not going to sell you something they know is better than that which makes them so much money

GodsGutterPunk - 1/9/2013 6:01 PM
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vitamins people , C is a natural immunity system booster,there are so many real cures out there that's it's just ignorance that keeps you sick , I myself swear by creasole the plant that produces capers, it's a blood purifier if I even think I'm getting sick I make some tea ,one quart for someone my size though it's not for the novice , you have to know how to brew it ,but one quart at night and I'm ready to wrestle tigers by morning, the one thing i've learned about free is if it's free you dont want it , plz remember what "they" did to those poor guys back in the 40's in chicago, told them they were going to be vacinated for the flu , gave them all sysphlis, now everybody wonders why chicago is like it is , cause sysphlis causes craziness, and with all the crooked crap going down these days and times , if they tell you all natural herbs and cures are witchcraft , THEY're liars, this is why this country is in the shape it is , all the lairs ,cheats and misfits have all the money and can make laws like the one just passed where it's now legal to tell someone a pill cures all,in all truth the best way to stay healthy is to stay away from lying doctors, if they say all natural is bad , dump them and look for a new doc, is my opinion
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