Fending off the flu bug

Wednesday, December 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The number of people sick because of the flu this year in Oklahoma is growing rapidly each day.

To give you an idea of what we mean, between October 19th and November 1st there were 11 reported cases in the Sooner state. Over the next two weeks, the number of cases jumped up to 123 cases. Then over the next seven days, more than 120 more people were sickened. And Wednesday afternoon those numbers continue to rise.

That's why the Tulsa City-County Health Department wants everyone to get a flu shot. 2,000 doses arrived this week and Wednesday morning adults and children were rolling up their sleeves to get a shot for free.

Health experts say you can limit your risk of getting the flu by getting a shot. Wednesday morning, when the doors opened at the Tulsa City-County Health Department, the line was out the door and around the corner. Gerald Sanders: "I got here at 6:45 and by 7:00 it was already around the building. I'm just glad I got here on time, so I can get back to work, take care of the kids cause these are my heart."

By noon Wednesday, the health department had run out of all 2,000 doses, but the OSU School of Medicine donated another 1,000 doses.