10 hospitalized after insulin administered instead of flu shots

Henrietta Brewer
November 9, 2019

At least 10 people were hospitalized in Oklahoma on the night on November 6 after reportedly being injected with insulin instead of flu shots.

Emergency officials responded to a call on Wednesday afternoon at Jacquelyn House, a residence for people with intellectual disabilities, in Bartlesville, near Tulsa. Local news reported that Bartlesville Police Chief said they found "multiple unresponsive people".

The pharmacist who injected the insulin was a contractor and went to the facility on Wednesday to administer the flu shot to residents and employees, Rebecca Ingram, CEO of AbilityWorks of Oklahoma, said in a statement.

"The person who administered what we believe is insulin is being very cooperative", Roles said.

According to reports, the pharmacist who injected insulin was a contractor, and to obtain this Roomies, he is employed strictly for the goal of administering vaccines.

Sgt. Jim Warring of the Bartlesville Police Department told CNN that some of the residents who suffered were unable to explain their symptoms, as they were non-verbal or are unable to move.

Several remained hospitalized Thursday due to the long-acting insulin that was administered, police said.

"I just can't say adequate about how good of a position the fireplace division and the EMS personnel did that contains the situation, managing the condition, and doing what they essential to do to set the sufferers in the greatest attainable place for recovery", Roles instructed News 6.

"I have never seen where there has been some kind of medical misfortune at this magnitude", Roles said. "But again, it could have been a lot worse".

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is investigating Jacquelyn House's handling of the matter, said Tony D. Sellars, their director of communications. Rather than a dose of the flu vaccine, they were given insulin.

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