The flu claims the life of a child in Tulsa County

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/16 8:04 pm Published: 1/16 6:19 pm

The flu has claimed the life of a child in Tulsa County. In FOX 23's continuing coverage, we've found out that even if you've already gotten a flu shot, you shouldn’t drop your guard.

"We've gone from a few weeks ago filling one or two Tamiflu prescriptions a day to at some of our economy pharmacies, filling more than 30 a day," said pharmacist Chris Schiller.

FOX 23 called a dozen Tulsa pharmacies and many say they're also seeing an increase in Tamiflu prescriptions. It's a sign people are getting sick. The latest numbers show 122 new hospitalizations across Oklahoma in the last week, plus the state's first flu-related death of a child.

Local health officials are still urging residents to get flu shots, especially older adults and young kids. But some like Clark Eldrige are skeptical.

"Every day, everywhere they're after you to take a flu shot, that makes me suspicious that there is some other reason, follow the money trail,” said Eldrige.

FOX 23 looked to find out whether getting the flu shot is still worth it this year.

"If someone were to come in today and get a flu shot, but it takes two weeks to kick in, is it worth it? I still think it's worth it because we don't know how long the flu season is going to last," said Schiller.

Once the shot kicks in Schiller says it should last through the entire flu season, which is normally two to three months.

Even if you get a shot you could still get sick and if you catch the flu. One pharmacy quoted a prescription of Tamiflu as costing $135.

"The doctor's office will usually write a prescription for everyone in the family, for the others one to prevent them from getting the flu and the one who has the flu, to decrease the severity of it," said Schiller.

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