Oklahoma state health officials announce 6 new flu deaths in past week

TULSA - New numbers on Oklahoma's flu show six more of the state's residents have died in the past week from the virus and the number of hospitalizations continues to increase.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released the most recent statistics for Oklahoma's hospitalizations.  As of Jan. 22,  611 people have been hospitalized with the flu, an increase of 71 since last week, since September.

In Tulsa alone there are 188 hospitalizations.

A total of 14 people have died as a result of the flu, including three in both Tulsa County and Comanche County, two in Pittsburg County and one each in Cleveland, Creek, Mayes, Muskogee, Oklahoma 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.

Visit www.kjrh.com/flu for vaccine information, flu facts, tips on how to stay healthy and other resources.

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