Flu claims second person in Oklahoma this season

Tulsa County reported Oklahoma's second flu death since the season started in September.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: January 3, 2013 at 8:21 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013
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Winston has seen a recent increase in the number of people coming in for flu shots and Tamiflu.

Tamiflu is an antiviral medication given to people who have been diagnosed with the flu or to their family members who were exposed, Winston said.

“It won't prevent you from getting the flu, but it will decrease the severity of your symptoms,” she said. “It's not a substitute for the flu shot, but it's something we get on board with afterward.”

People often tell Winston and other staff members at Walgreens they don't want to get the flu shot because it will make them contract the flu. That isn't possible, she said.

“If in fact they get sick right after the flu shot, they were probably exposed to the flu before they got their shot, and they just didn't have enough time for the shot to work,” she said. “And even then, they will probably have a less severe case of the flu because they did have their flu shot.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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