• More Oklahoma parents are 'opting out' of vaccinating children, raising concerns

    By JACLYN COSGROVE

    Staf‌f Writer

    jcosgrove@oklahoman.com

    | Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    State is one of about 18 that make immunizations voluntary for school attendance

  • Flu deaths in Oklahoma top 100

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Most of those who have died from the flu have been among people 65 or older, with 77 residents in this age range dying since late September. Two children 4 or younger also have died.

  • 3 new influenza deaths bring Oklahoma season total to 101

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma has brought the state’s death total to more than 100. The Oklahoma Department of Health reported Thursday that three new deaths were recorded during the past week due to flu. The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February. Health officials say more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized in the state due to flu since the season began Sept. 28. This season’s deaths include 77 in the 65-or older age group; 14 in the 50-64 group, four in both the 18-49 and the 5-17-year-old groups; and 2 who were 4 or younger. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths this season with 22, followed by Oklahoma County with 13 and five each in Garfield, Cleveland,

  • Oklahoma's flu death toll rises to 98

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Oklahoma’s death toll from flu-related complications this season has risen to 98, the highest number of deaths the state has on record for a flu season. More than 2,000 residents have been hospitalized since September because of the flu, another state record.

  • 4 more influenza-related deaths reported in Oklahoma

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Four new deaths due to influenza have been reported in Oklahoma to bring the record number of deaths in the state this flu season to 94. The Oklahoma State Department of Health says more than 2,000 people have now been hospitalized or died as a result of the flu since the season began Sept. 28. The previous record of 72 flu deaths — set during last year’s flu season — was broken in February. This season’s deaths include 71 in the 65-or older age group; 13 in the 50-64 group, four in both the 18-49 and the 5-17-year-old groups; and 2 who were 4 or younger. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 21, followed by Oklahoma County with 12 and five each in Garfield, Cleveland and Stephens counties.

  • A look at Oklahoma's flu season, history

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    State Epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with reporters Jaclyn Cosgrove and Juliana Keeping Monday afternoon to discuss the flu virus, shot and history. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Oklahoma health officials say 6 more flu deaths in state

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Oklahoma health officials say six more deaths due to influenza have been reported to bring the record number of deaths in the state to 90. The previous record of 72 flu deaths — set during the 2013-2014 flu season — was broken earlier this month. Statistics released by the Oklahoma Department of Health Thursday also indicate that about 2,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu since the season began Sept. 28. Of this season’s flu deaths, 69 were 65 or older and 12 were in the 50-64 age group. Three victims were aged 18-49, four were 5-17 and two victims were 4 or younger. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 20, followed by Oklahoma County with 11 and five each in Garfield, Cleveland

  • Oklahoma flu deaths climb to 84 for season

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    More than 1,900 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma by flu or its complications since late September 2014.

  • Historical accounts detail wave of flu deaths in Oklahoma during 1918 pandemic

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Newspaper reports and recorded first-person interviews describe the 1918 flu pandemic that killed millions throughout the world and thousands in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma medical notes for Feb. 15, 2015

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Oklahoma medical notes for Feb. 15, 2015

  • 82 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    This is the highest number of flu deaths that Oklahoma has seen since the state Health Department started tracking flu deaths in 2009.

  • 68 Oklahomans confirmed dead from flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Since late September, 68 Oklahoma residents have been confirmed to have died from flu-related complications, the state Health Department reported Thursday morning.

  • What you need to know about the 2015 flu outbreak in Oklahoma

    BY RYAN STEWART, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Flu season always takes a toll, making millions sick and claiming thousands of lives in the U.S. each year. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation offers helpful information.

  • Book review: 'Sick Simon' by Dan Krall

    By Ken Raymond, Book Editor | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Disgustingly awesome children’s book helps teach children how to prevent spreading germs.

  • 58 Oklahomans have died from flu this season

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Since September, 58 residents have died because of flu-related complications, 43 of whom were 65 or older, the state Health Department reported Thursday. This time last year, 25 Oklahomans had died from the flu, including two children, and in 2013 during the same time, 17 Oklahomans had died of the flu.

  • Oklahoma health officials say 11 more deaths due to flu

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week. Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week. Forty-three of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4. Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 12, followed by Oklahoma and Garfield counties with five. A record 61 people died in the state during the last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths in the 2009 season, when the state

  • Oklahoma City middle school student dies from flu complications

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A student at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City Public Schools has died from complications related to the flu, school district officials confirmed Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • Flu Q&A: Why does the vaccine change each year?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    A look at how the flu shot is created every year and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine hasn’t been very effective.

  • Nine new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Since late September, 31 Oklahomans have died because of the flu, 23 of whom were 65 or older.




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