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Six more Oklahomans die from the flu

Since September, Oklahoma has seen 23 residents die from the flu this year. The majority of the people who have died have been older than 65.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

This year's flu strain is taking a toll on Oklahoma residents 65 and older.

Six Oklahoma residents died this past week from the flu, all 65 or older, according to the state Health Department's weekly report.

Meanwhile, almost 800 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported since September, when this year's flu season began, according to the state Health Department.

The majority of Oklahoma residents who have died or have been hospitalized from the flu this season have been 65 or older.

Since September, 23 people in 13 counties have died from the flu in Oklahoma. That includes 18 people 65 and older, according to the state Health Department.

A total of 798 flu-related hospitalizations has been reported since September. Of that, 407 of the hospitalizations were in people 65 and older, representing half of hospitalizations this flu season.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Young children, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 and older have the highest chances of developing serious complications related to the flu.

Seth Haymore, clinic director at Passport Health in Oklahoma City, said he has seen increased interest from parents in getting their children the flu shot this flu season.

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