Florida nurse's rant about 'funky flu' season goes viral

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A Florida nurse has offered some frank advice for people whose lax hygiene is contributing to a deadly flu outbreak, including "wash your stinking hands!"

After a 12-hour night shift, nurse Katherine Lockler was so frustrated with the way some people have handled the outbreak that she recorded a video from her auto.

Lockler's clip has been shared on Facebook more than 94,000 times as of Friday morning.

"Please don't bring your healthy children - especially your newborn babies - into the emergency room", said Milton resident Katherine Lockler in the video, which has been shared nearly 11,000 times since Saturday.

Lockler said a major issue has been patients going into the emergency room for something they could've gone to a clinic for.

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And also, maybe don't come if you're not really experiencing "a true emergency", she added.

"I think there's a little bit of sarcasm in my voice because the instructions were given so many times and they were not received well", Lockler said.

Lockler's tone is sarcastic - she demonstrates the elbow sneezing in "slow motion" at one point - while still being informative about preventing the spread of flu.

"Watch this, I'm gonna teach y'all a magic trick, its unbelievable!" Because the flu is a cesspool of funky flu at the ER right now. "It's fantastic", she says as she raises an elbow up to cover her mouth in a common move recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While pretending to sneeze, Lockler showed how she sneezes into the crook of her arm, covering both her nose and mouth at the same time, she noted.

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"Some of them (were not) true emergencies", Lockler said in the video.

This year's flu season is a particularly bad one, and perhaps you are dismayed to hear that some people have gotten the flu vaccine and still came down with the flu. Her reasoning? If you go in there for one ailment, you'll probably catch another, namely the flu.

Four hundred to 600 milligrams is an okay dosage for adults, she said.

At the end of her shift, she said there were around 30 patients, when she left, who will most likely wait hours before they are seen. "But guess what? Five flues came in; 15 flues walk out". Given the frustrating nature of her job, and the lack of basic common sense exhibited about public health, being sarcastic seems like a way to get the message across, especially if polite health and wellness posters apparently aren't doing the trick.

"We are in the middle of something called flu season..." She went on to apologize to anyone offended by her tone, but insists that regardless of how she may have come off the message is still "right on the money".

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