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They Were Meant to Get Flu Shots. Instead, a 'Medical Misadventure'

8 residents, 2 workers at Oklahoma care center apparently received insulin instead of flu vaccine
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2019 8:45 AM CST
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(Newser) – Investigators believe an unintentional mix-up led to 10 people being hospitalized in Oklahoma after receiving what was supposed to be their flu vaccines. The AP reports that eight residents and two workers at Jacquelyn House, a care center for people with intellectual disabilities, were sickened this week after the shots they got turned out to be not the flu vaccine, but what's believed now to be insulin. Emergency responders who received a call Wednesday afternoon about an unresponsive person at the Bartlesville facility actually found "multiple unresponsive people" when they got there, per Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles.

"All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but [not able to] communicate what they need," Roles tells KTUL, praising responders for the way they were able to ID the problem. Police say the person who gave the shots is a pharmacist who's been practicing for four decades, per News on 6. Roles says that person wasn't "being evasive or elusive at all" and that at this point, investigators think it was all simply a bad accident. "I've never seen where there's been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude," Roles says, per the AP. "It could have been worse. ... It certainly could have been very tragic." Officials say all the victims have either already been treated and released from the hospital or will be soon. (Read more flu shot stories.)

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