Three States Report Shortage of Tamiflu

CASPER, Wyo. The calendar says March, but that hasn't stopped the flu from spreading.

The centers for disease control reports seven million patients have flu-like symptoms with 84 thousand hospitalized.

There are many different strains of the flu.

Doctors say the quick spread is what makes it so dangerous.

"It's very contagious, so it's super important that people wash their hands and cover their cough if they cough or sneeze to prevent spreading." Said Dr. Cathy Pope.

Antiviral medicine prices go up because of the increased flu activity with Tamiflu being the most popular to lessen flu length.

Pharmacists in Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana indicate there are sporadic shortages of the drug, but the CDC says there are no widespread shortages.

Doctors say Tamiflu supplies are normal here in Casper.

But if there is a shortage, they say getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu before it starts.

Flu symptoms can start anytime...so it's important to take care of the symptoms.

Doctors say to get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and use proper medication.

"Make sure they stay hydrated. Probably go and talk to their physician about getting some Tamiflu or something like that will help decrease the number of days you're sick from it." Explained Dr. Pope.

Doctors urge us to check with our pharmacists to make sure medications are correct and to avoid shortages.

Tamiflu must be taken within one to two days of getting the flu for it to work.