Oklahoma State Health Department reports 25 flu deaths since start of season, including 2 children

OKLAHOMA CITY - Five more Oklahoma deaths are being attributed to influenza over the past week , according to the Oklahoma State Health Department.

A total of 25 people, including five in Tulsa County, have died from flu-related illness since the start of flu season Sept. 29, 2013.

According to state health officials, deaths have occurred in the following counties: Carter (2), Cleveland (1), Comanche (4), Kay (1), LeFlore (2), Logan (1), McClain (1), McIntosh (1), Muskogee (2), Oklahoma (1), Okmulgee (1), Osage (1), Pittsburg (1), Seminole (1) and Tulsa (5).

Among the dead are two children under 5 years of age, seven people between 19 to 49 years of age and 16 people older than 50 years of age.

The number of hospitalizations for flu-related illness are more than 800 since the start of the season.

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.

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