Oklahoma has seen 51 residents die since September because of the flu, according to state Health Department data.
Three more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died because of the flu, bringing the death toll to 51 since September.
It’s the highest number of flu deaths on record at the state Health Department, which started collecting flu death data during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic.
This past week, 20 Oklahomans were reported hospitalized because of the flu. The state Health Department has reported 1,202 Oklahomans hospitalized because of the flu since September.
Overall, the number of Oklahomans hospitalized each week has continued to decrease, with the highest number of hospitalizations reported in mid-January.
Nationwide, flu activity is still elevated and likely will continue for several weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oklahoma’s flu season generally ends in late April or early May.
Residents can generally get flu shots at county health departments, doctor offices and some clinics and pharmacies. The website http://flushot.healthmap.org/ allows residents to enter their zip code and find out what locations nearest them are offering flu shots.