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Seven more flu deaths confirmed in Oklahoma; total now at 12

The state Health Department reports at least one child is included in the 12 total deaths this flu season.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014

Seven more flu deaths were confirmed Thursday in Oklahoma, bringing the number of people who have died this flu season to 12, the state Health Department reported.

The deaths attributed to the flu have happened since Sept. 29. The total includes one child, the Health Department reported.

Four of the deaths were among people who were between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. Another four were among adults who were between 50 and 64 years old.

Three people from Tulsa County have died and two victims were in Comanche County. Other counties with deaths are Cleveland, Kay, Le Flore, McClain, Okmulgee, Osage and Pittsburg.

A total of 122 new flu hospitalizations were reported in the past week. That brings the total number of Oklahomans hospitalized because of the flu to 399 since late September.

Flu season in Oklahoma generally runs until late April or early May.

So far, this year's flu season seems typical and isn't outpacing other years, said Laurence Burnsed, director of the state Health Department's communicable disease division.

However, things could always change.

“The predictable thing about the flu is that every year can be unpredictable,” Burnsed said.

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