Oklahoma sees spike in flu deaths

Feb 26, 2017

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

Deaths due to the flu have been spreading across Oklahoma, reports KFOR.

According to officials from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 37 deaths related to the flu have now been recorded in the state. That total includes nine in recent days. Tulsa County has been hit the hardest, with 10 deaths this year in that county alone.

Across Oklahoma, almost 1,500 people have been hospitalized due to influenza this year.

The health department is recommending flu vaccinations to prevent the virus’s spread, especially for residents 65 or older, and for young children, pregnant women, and people with long-term health conditions.

If you’re not sick, you can help fight the flu’s transmission by washing your hands, and covering your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough.

If you start to feel ill, don’t go to work. Try to stay in, to avoid spreading the virus. If symptoms persist, go to the doctor.