Oklahoma flu activity continues to increase
No new flu deaths were reported this past week, but cases continue to increase in Oklahoma.
The number of Oklahomans hospitalized because of the flu continues to increase, with 100 hospitalizations last week, according to data released Thursday.
The state Health Department did not report any additional flu deaths in its weekly report about flu activity in Oklahoma. So far, eight residents have died because of flu-related complications.
The agency has reported 484 flu-related hospitalizations since Sept. 30, the start of the 2012-13 flu season.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports high flu activity across most of the United States.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness. Children and adults older than 65 are most susceptible to developing serious flu-related complications.
Public health officials say it's not too late to get the flu shot.
Most of Oklahoma's county health departments and some pharmacies offer the shot and at a reduced price for some lower-income people.
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