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Health Department says there have been 11 more flu deaths in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's flu death toll has risen by 11, the state Health Department confirmed Thursday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: February 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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The flu remains active in Oklahoma, with an additional 11 flu deaths confirmed Thursday.

The state Health Department reported on Thursday that 44 Oklahoma residents from 22 counties have died because of the flu since late September.

Tulsa County has had the highest number of deaths, with eight residents dying from the flu. Comanche County has the second-highest number, with six flu deaths. Oklahoma County has had only one person die from the flu.

Among the 44 people who have died, there were 19 residents between ages 50 and 64, and 13 Oklahomans who were 65 or older, according to the agency's data. Additionally, two children have died and 10 adults ages 18 to 49.

Flu activity is widespread in Oklahoma and most of the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High flu activity likely is to continue for several weeks.

This past week, another 52 people were confirmed hospitalized because of the flu, according to state Health Department data.

That brings the total number of Oklahomans who have been hospitalized because of the flu to 1,076 since September.

Public health officials continue to ask Oklahomans to get flu shots at their local county health departments, pharmacies, health clinics or doctor offices. Many county health departments have programs for low-income adults and children who cannot afford flu shots.

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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