Five new hospitalizations for flu-like illness and no deaths were reported last week, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Health Department.
That’s a significant decline from the 20 new hospitalizations reported the previous week. But state officials still encourage people to get vaccinated. "I think it’s a positive sign in light of the number of vaccinations we’ve given statewide,” said Larry Weatherford, spokesman for the health department. "Hopefully those efforts are starting to bear fruit.” Weatherford said that about 10 percent of Oklahomans have been vaccinated, but health officials continue to encourage people to get vaccinated against both seasonal flu and the swine flu. More than 1,020 Oklahomans have been hospitalized for flu-like illness since Sept. 1, according to the report. Fifty-four percent of those patients were 19 years old or younger. Know it: Flu Know it: Swine Flu