Ron Wallace, general education development instructor at The United Urban Indian Council in Oklahoma City, isn’t surprised that this flu season is being called the worst in a decade.
By the numbers
6: Oklahomans died recently of complications from the flu
92 were hospitalized last week with the flu
345: Total hospitalizations this flu season
8: Total deaths for this flu season
$10.4 billion: Annual national cost to employers in hospitalizations, outpatient visits
SOURCES: The Oklahoma State Health Department
and the Centers for Disease Control
Tips to avoid catching the flu
•Allow sick workers to stay home without fear of losing their jobs.
•Avoid meetings; consider conference calls or video conferences instead.
•Wash hands frequently and keep them away from your face.
•Regularly wipe down doorknobs, phones, computers and other surfaces with disinfectant wipes.
•Replace toothbrushes every few months, including at the onset and end of a cold or flu, avoid proximity with other brushes, and sterilize brushes once or twice a week in the dishwasher or in the microwave in two inches of water for three minutes.
SOURCES: Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., Delta Dental of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department