Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Flu-Related Deaths In Oklahoma Approaching 200

Flu-Related Deaths In Oklahoma Approaching 200

The state Department of Health and Human Services says 18 people died in the state last week because of the flu, while 27 passed away the week before.

While the hospitalization number is significantly higher this season, the number of pediatric flu deaths is lower; past year, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations and eight pediatric deaths. Approximately 4,119 hospitalizations have been reported since flu season began. That's down from 340 the week prior.

Also, since Cuomo signed an executive order in late January temporarily allowing pharmacies to dispense flu vaccine to minors, more than 8,700 NY residents aged 2 to 18 years were vaccinated at a pharmacy, his office reported.

The CDC said they believe in the US, a better indicator is the vaccine's effectiveness a year ago.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice frequent hand washing and prevent the spread of germs by covering your sneeze and cough.

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This flu season is one of the worst in memory. Mecklenburg County does not report flu deaths.

The flu season usually runs through May. DPH said, "Of these deaths, 85 were among patients over the age of 65, 11 were 50-64 years of age, 5 were 25-49 years of age, 1 was between 19-24 years of age, and 3 were aged 18 years".

They're also using chicken eggs to grow their vaccines. "It's another reminder that flu is a serious disease", Martinello said. "It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective".

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Rogers County Health Department at 918-341-3166 for clinic times and further information.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is urging people to protect themselves against the virus. In the past week, a 6-year-old boy in Colchester died from the flu.

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