Flu-Related Deaths In Oklahoma In Last Week

Posted March 03, 2017

As Petrolia's hospital faces a flu outbreak, the tally of lab-confirmed influenza cases so far this season stands at 69, says a Lambton Public Health supervisor.

Three more patients in Tulsa County died of the flu in the fourth week of February, bringing the season's death total to 48, according to the latest data from the Oklahoma Department of Health. While flu activity remains elevated over the baseline rate of 2.2% for influenza-like illness, the new national report offers some good news during a flu season marked by severe illness. Deaths from flu-related conditions are at high levels, and the CDC reported that hospitalizations for children under 4 and adults over 65 are up. Tulsa County has seen 391 flu-related hospitalizations.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these individuals during this hard time", said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.

They encourage residents to still get their flu shot if they haven't already, and to stay home if you are feeling sick.

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The traditional flu season runs through May, and as such, Long said people who have not received a flu shot yet this year may wish to consider doing so now.

Health officials say 11 more deaths have been recorded as the flu continues to spread across the state. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. The cost of a flu vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies.

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Colorado moved from regional activity to widespread.