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A record 51 Oklahomans have died from the flu since September

Three more Oklahomans have been confirmed dead because of the flu, the state Health Department reported Thursday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: February 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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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.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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