Rash Of Flu Cases Causes Run On Sanitation Items OKC Stores

Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 6:34 pm

With the flu in full force, a lot of us seem to be heeding the warnings to use hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. So much so that some stores are running out.  

Hospitals report a dramatic rise in the number of flu cases and doctors say we haven't even hit our peak yet. At Northwest Physical Therapy, there's a lot opportunity for spreading flu germs.

"We have a lot of people in and out of the clinic and in particular, in my setting, it's hands on," said Owner and therapist Gary Handley.

That's why they have stocked up on sanitizer and wipes, and have stepped up all of their cleaning.

"Certainly we hand was and disinfect surfaces, but just in this nature we need to make sure handles and those kinds of things are wiped down as well," said Handley.

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It's important, say doctors, for everyone even if you don't know anyone who is sick.

"You can have the flu 24 to 48 hours before you have symptoms and your contagious five days after your symptoms start," said Dr. Shane Hull, a pulmonologist with OU Medical Center Edmond.

At OU Medical Center in Edmond, they are at capacity, with flu patients flooding their ER and ICU.

"I think it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better," said Hull.

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Which means the flight on the flu will come down to the home front, and now is the time to build up your defenses.

Hull says if you do think you have the flu, don't wait to call your doctor. The medicine only works if you start it within 48 hours of seeing symptoms. And if someone else in your house has the flu also call the doctor and get on the medication.

Hull says fewer people have gotten vaccinated from the flu this year, and that's why he thinks more people are getting it.

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