Officials unsure why flu season was mild in Oklahoma

The 2012 flu season is ending in Oklahoma with fewer than one-half the number of confirmed cases and nearly two-thirds fewer deaths than in 2011.
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 6, 2012
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Pharmacist Lee Gile said she did not see an increase in the number of flu shots provided at her Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond.

“I think the flu maybe wasn't as bad this year because it was the same strains,” Gile said. “We probably have coverage from last year's flu shot. My theory.”

Oklahoma City resident Kanda Ramos said flu shots for her and her family are something she started taking seriously when she began working for a health-related business about seven years ago.

“My insurance pays for it, I mean seriously,” Ramos said regarding the $25 to $35 cost of a flu shot. “Plus, I didn't see the need for it.”

Bradley said that even though the flu season is ending in Oklahoma and the United States, there are still those at risk.

“Persons lucky enough to be planning cruises or other travels in the southern hemisphere should remember that the influenza season will just be starting there, so these travelers should consider getting a flu vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to beginning their travels south of the equator.”