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Oklahoma flu activity continues to increase

No new flu deaths were reported this past week, but cases continue to increase in Oklahoma.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: January 18, 2013
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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.

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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