Flu cases rising in Oklahoma; Local clinics see the impact

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/03 11:09 am Published: 1/02 9:34 pm

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.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/4/2014 12:24 AM
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How can that measure your potential to be affected by it. That's just this many so far. It does not measure your potential to contract it. There are other ways to be preventative. Hygiene practices then hygiene targets like wash utensils well for safer use meal preparation proper storage for leftovers care not to wait too long to prepare menu items so that they are acceptably fresh for creation of menu items. As for me I'm not exposed to a bunch of children who need these strains of bacteria to help them create antibodies in their immune system. Adults that are in environments like that are capable of developing it just from taking the medicine cause it has a shocked strain of it in there to give you a weak strain of the flue allowing your own antibodies to do push-ups. And then if you don't get it when you need it sometimes (you will though) you'll deep 6 for about three days and it's like where did that program go? Either click forward with the planet or don't.
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