Influenza death in Tulsa County

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/28/2012 8:41 am Published: 12/27/2012 10:19 pm

A person in Tulsa County has died from influenza according to The Oklahoma Department of Health.

Officials did not release specific details about the person who died but said it was someone between the ages of 19 and 64. The death happened in Tulsa County between December 19th and Christmas Day.

The health department says the state has reported 75 hospitalized cases of influenza since Sept. 30. and 24 of those were reported in Tulsa County.

Dr. Gavin Gardner tells FOX23 that the OSU Medical Center Emergency Room has seen an increase in patients reporting flu like symptoms over the past week.

“Our patient volume has gone up tremendously over the last several days and it all seems to be flu like illnesses,” said Dr. Gardner.

Dr. Gardner says he has treated a wide variety of ages.

“They have body aches, fever, cough, runny nose and congestion,” said Dr. Gardner, “all common symptoms of influenza.”

Pharmacist at Economy Pharmacy in Tulsa, Chris Schiller, said the antiviral prescription medication, Tamiflu, has been in high demand this week.

“We had a lot of people coming in over the weekend and past couple of days needing antibiotics or Tamiflu,” said Schiller.

Schiller told FOX23 over the counter medications like Mucinex, Sudafed, Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help to alleviate some to the symptoms.

“If you can’t break your fever it’s very important that you get to your doctor,” said Schiller.

Dr. Gardner reiterated that your best defense against influence is to get a flu shot.

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