The percentage of Oklahomans receiving the swine flu vaccine is higher than other states in a five-state region, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Oklahoma leads its region with 12.9 percent of residents vaccinated for H1N1 compared with a regional average of 8.6 percent. Other states in the region are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. "While these numbers highlight our successes in Oklahoma, we would still like to do better,” said state epidemiologist and veterinary doctor Kristy Bradley. "All Oklahomans are encouraged to get an H1N1 shot now that it is widely available.” State officials say 40 Oklahomans have died from H1N1 since Sept. 1. No new deaths were reported last week, but 10 more people were hospitalized. For a list of vaccination sites, go to www.health.ok.gov. Ongoing Coverage: Swine Flu Know It: Flu
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