The flu is in Oklahoma and the number of cases is rising. FOX23 found out that the Oklahoma State Department of Health
has reported 63 people have been hospitalized with influenza since Dec. 23.
FOX23 found out that local clinics in Green Country have been filled with patients who are attempting to ward off the sickness.
Wellness director at the Visiting Nurses Association in Tulsa, Merlyn Sweet, said that the clinic has seen a steady increase in flu shot recipients this week.
"From children to senior citizens, we have seen them all this week," said Sweet.
Sweet said that the clinic is stocked with the flu shot vaccination but is in short supply of the flu mist. She reiterated that, even though there are flu cases in Oklahoma, it is not too late to be immunized.
"There is still plenty of time to be exposed to the flu, plenty of time to get the flu, and so the time to be immunized is now," said Sweet.
Jennifer Moylan is an expectant mother. She told FOX23 that she recently got her flu shot for her health and her unborn child.
"I'm scared of needles but I did it anyway," said Moylan.
Dr. Ken Muckala at Harvard Family Physicians told FOX23 that he has seen an increase of patients with influenza A.
The recent cases of flu have also increased doctor-prescribed antiviral medication such as Tamiflu.
"Over the past three weeks, we have seen a real spike in the number of prescriptions coming in," said pharmacist at Economy Pharmacy, Chris Schiller.
Schiller said that if Tamiflu is prescribed within the first few days of being exposed to the flu, it can be effective in shortening flu symptoms.