State health officials raise death toll from influenza to 20, up from 12 flu-related deaths in week

TULSA - Eight deaths in the past week are being attributed to flu in Oklahoma, according to state health officials.

The Oklahoma State Health Department reports 20 people have died since the start of flu season Sept. 29, 2013, up from 12 last week , and 575 people have been hospitalized.

According to state health officials, deaths have occurred in the following counties: Carter (1), Cleveland (1), Comanche (3), Kay (1), Le Flore (1), McClain (1), McIntosh (1), Muskogee (2), Oklahoma (1), Okmulgee (1), Osage (1), Pittsburg (1), Seminole (1) and Tulsa (4).

Tulsa Health Department officials say the new death in Tulsa County was not a child but could not provide additional information.

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.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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