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No flu deaths reported this week in Oklahoma

No flu deaths were reported this week in Oklahoma, according to data released Thursday by the state Health Department. Since late September, 53 Oklahomans have died because of the flu.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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No flu deaths were reported this week in Oklahoma, according to data released Thursday by the state Health Department.

Since late September, 53 Oklahomans have died because of the flu.

An estimated 1,260 residents have been hospitalized because of the contagious respiratory illness. However, this past week, only 15 residents were reported to have been hospitalized because of the flu.

Since mid-January, the number of people reported hospitalized because of the flu has continued to decrease, reaching its peak near the third week of January when more than 200 residents were reported hospitalized.

Nationwide, flu activity is decreasing, with sporadic flu activity reported across the U.S, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Oklahoma is among about 12 states that still report higher levels of the flu than the rest of the nation.

Public health officials continue to recommend residents get their flu shots, either at county health departments, physician offices, pharmacies or clinics, because flu season can continue until May.