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Oregon inmate's family files lawsuit after her flu-related death

According to the $7.5 million dollar lawsuit, officials bought 519 flu shots for a prison population of 1,645 inmates.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 7:19 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2018 9:58 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The family of an Oregon woman who died from complications of the flu while in prison has sued the state. The family is claiming she would likely be alive if prison officials had given her a flu shot.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the family of 53-year-old Tina Ferri filed the $7.5 million-dollar lawsuit Dec 10 in Washington County Circuit Court. 

Ferri died in mid-January during a flu outbreak at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville.

The lawsuit said officials bought 519 flu shots for a prison population of 1,645 inmates.

According to Attorney Michael Fuller, the prison appeared to only use about 300 of the shots, which seemed to be mostly administered after symptoms started appearing.

State Department of Corrections spokeswoman, Jennifer Black, declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation.

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