Flu season remains mild in Oklahoma

Oklahoma hasn't yet seen a peak in the number of flu cases reported. Public health officials recommend getting your flu shot to help keep that number low.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: November 30, 2012
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Flu season remains mild

Oklahoma continues to see a light flu season so far, state health officials said.

Two new cases were reported at the state Health Department last week, bringing the total to 11 cases since Sept. 30, the first day of flu season in Oklahoma. Oklahoma didn't see a peak in its last flu season until late February and early March.

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far, Alaska is the only state with widespread cases of the flu, according to the CDC. Oklahoma is among several states that have reported sporadic cases of the flu.

Public health officials continue to recommend that residents get their flu vaccine, for it can impact the number of people who contract the flu. Many pharmacies and primary care physicians offer the flu vaccine.

Also, county health departments have the flu vaccine available in multiple forms, including as a shot and also as a nasal spray. Children and adults at a certain income level can get the flu shot for free or at a discounted price.

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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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