Tulsa Girl Gets Flu Twice This Season


Thursday, February 12th 2015, 5:00 pm
By: News On 6


Some parents have dealt with sick kids who haven't just gotten the flu once, but twice this season.

Both times, mom Carolyn Harger took her daughter into an urgent care clinic to be checked.

In the first visit, she knew the flu was going around and wasn't caught off guard, but months later, with different symptoms, she couldn't believe her daughter had the flu once again.

And now her son has it, too.

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Harger does what she can to try and keep her kids healthy.

“Both my kids laugh at me, but they carry to school the GermX (hand sanitzer)."

She said her husband and two kids rarely get sick, but this year her family has been hit hard.

Her 11-year-old daughter first caught the flu back in December.

"As soon as she got into the car Friday after school, I looked at her and knew something was wrong,” Harger said. “She had that sick look."

The doctor diagnosed the little girl with Type A flu. Within a few days of resting and taking medicine, she was healthy again.

Until this week, when her temperature shot up to 104 degrees.

"She complained of her throat hurting, just tired a lot of coughing,” Harger said. “It never even dawned on me it would be the flu again because she had just had it."

This time it was Type B flu. Not long after her daughter was diagnosed, her son started feeling sick.

“On Monday, he came home from school and wasn't feeling real good, so then I took him to the urgent care, and he has Type A,” she said. “So we have her with B, he was A all this week."

Her son is still fighting the flu, which is why we didn't go inside her home. She said her kids' symptoms were both very different.

“He's done the chills and the nausea, more of the flu-like, his looks like the flu,” she said. “Hers, I would have never thought she had the flu had the doctors not told me she had it."

Her daughter is now well enough to go to school, but she's doing what she can to make sure the germs don't spread.

“I pick up five teenagers, so they are always, when they know someone is sick, spray it all down," Harger said.

Harger said since her family never really gets sick, they don't get flu shots, but now she's reconsidering.