Flu numbers are still on the rise in Oklahoma, according to new information from state health officials.
The information, released Thursday morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, shows 484 people have been hospitalized with the flu -- up from 345 last week -- since Sept. 30, 2012.
In Tulsa alone there are 162 hospitalizations, far outweighing the rest of the state.
No new deaths were reported this week. So far eight people have succumbed to the flu, including three in Tulsa County and one each in Creek, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg and Rogers counties.
People who already have the flu but show no symptoms can still spread it to others, so health officials continue to emphasize the importance of getting a flu shot.
Health care providers are encouraging flu shots for everyone, including pregnant women, the elderly and people with underlying health issues. The vaccine is available for anyone 6 months old or older.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
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