OKC Ranks 4th In The Nation For Flu Activity, According To Walgreens

Monday, January 18th 2016, 2:13 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma City is the fourth city in the nation ranked for flu activity and Oklahoma ranks second to all other state.

The rankings are according to Walgreens, which has been tracking Tamiflu prescriptions and using its online flu index.

“Really not sure what it is about Oklahoma that is putting us high up in the rankings,” said Kandice Musson, a Walgreens pharmacist in Edmond.

The rankings are down from last year when Oklahoma and Oklahoma City held the top spots for flu illnesses.

“This year has been okay so far, that doesn't mean it couldn't peek later because it's very unpredictable,” Musson said.

This Edmond Walgreens has been giving a lot of flu shots since August.

Musson said one reason this flu season has been mild is because the flu shot better covers the flu strain that's actually going around.

“Last year, the flu shot was a little bit off from what was actually seen and this year they feel like they do have a better match for what we're seeing,” Musson told News 9.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 67 hospitalizations since October due to the flu and no deaths.

“We're just waiting to see and keeping the flu shot in stock, keeping Tamiflu in stock so we are prepared,” Musson added.

Click here to view the Walgreens flu tracker.