Three more Oklahomans have died of swine flu, state health officials said. The death of a Muskogee County boy, a Cleveland County woman and an Oklahoma County woman bring the number of H1N1 deaths in Oklahoma this year to 22. Eight of the victims were children, including one infant. More than half of victims had a documented history of underlying health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. A high rate of hospitalization also continued, with 128 Oklahomans admitted to hospitals last week. Officials are urging H1N1 vaccinations for those most vulnerable to illness, and mass immunizations clinics are planned throughout the state Saturday. The vaccines are targeted for people 6 months to 18 years old, pregnant women, adults younger than 65 with chronic medical conditions, health care workers treating acutely ill patients and custodial parents of infants younger than 6 months old.
Swine flu top strainThe World Health Organization’s flu chief said the swine flu virus has now become the predominant flu strain worldwide. In some countries, swine flu accounts for up to 70 percent of the flu viruses being sampled, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the organization’s top flu official.
Swine flu deaths by county
The first of 22 Oklahoma deaths from swine flu this year occurred in June in Kay County. Since Sept. 1, 21 more deaths have been reported (names are listed where identities are known). →Canadian County: One man. →Carter County: Two deaths — a man and Landry Swanson, 10, of Ardmore. →Cleveland County: Three deaths — a teenage female and two women. →Comanche County: One man. →Kay County: One man →Le Flore County: One man. →Muskogee County: One boy. →Noble County: One man. →Oklahoma County: Seven deaths — four women, one man, a female child and Netesha Hart, 13, of Oklahoma City. →Tulsa County: Four deaths — Geato McCarty, 4; LaTowyn Gaston, 16; an adult female and an infant younger than 6 months old.