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Oklahoma health officials report no new flu deaths

Flu season in Oklahoma runs from October through April or May. Now is the perfect time to get your shot — influenza generally peaks in January or February.
Published: November 2, 2012
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No new flu deaths are reported

No one was reported to have died or been hospitalized because of influenza last week, state Health Department officials said.

Laurence Burnsed, a state Health Department epidemiologist, said Oklahoma is seeing a normal number of cases reported this flu season, which runs from October to May.

“Typically, the peak of our season occurs around mid-January into early February,” Burnsed said.

Since Sept. 30, the Health Department has reported six people hospitalized because of the flu. No flu-related deaths have been confirmed in Oklahoma this flu season.

Generally, people can get the flu vaccine from their local county health department, some pharmacies and their primary care physician.

There are a few precautions people can take to prevent the spread of the flu, including staying home from work, school or other public places when sick, using tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, and washing hands throughout the day.

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