Oklahoma State Department of Health reports flu season death toll increase to 51, up 3 in past week

OKLAHOMA CITY - Three new flu deaths are being reported in Oklahoma due to influenza.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health shows an increase to the flu season death toll, which now sits at 51 since Sept. 29, 2013.  In that time, more than 1,200 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness.

Deaths have occurred in the following counties:  Beckham (1), Carter (2), Cleveland (2), Comanche (6), Craig (1), Creek (2), Custer (1), Kay (1), LeFlore (2), Logan (2), Mayes (1), McClain (1), McCurtain (1), McIntosh (1), Muskogee (2), Oklahoma (4), Okmulgee (1), Osage (1), Pittsburg (3), Seminole (1), Stephens (1), Tulsa (9), Wagoner (3) and Washington (2).

State health officials encourage anyone 6 months or older to receive the flu vaccine, especially those at risk from health complications, including people 50 years of age or older, young children, pregnant women and persons with chronic health conditions.

New flu numbers are released by the Oklahoma State Health Department every Thursday morning.


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