State health department reports flu-related death toll at 25

TULSA - Two more flu-related deaths are being reported this week by state health officials, both occurred in Green Country.

New data released Thursday from the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows 25 flu-related deaths since Sept. 30, 2012.

A total of 862 people have been hospitalized with the flu since the season began.

Deaths have occurred in the following counties:

  • Tulsa (6)
  • Comanche (3)
  • Oklahoma (3)
  • Pittsburg (2)
  • Washington (2)
  • Blaine (1)
  • Cleveland (1)
  • Creek (1)
  • Mayes (1)
  • McIntosh (1)
  • Muskogee (1)
  • Nowata (1)
  • Rogers (1)
  • Stephens (1)

The most recent deaths occurred in Nowata and Washington counties.

The majority of this season's flu-related deaths were people 65 years or older.

Updated flu statistics are released every Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Health officials continue emphasizing the importance of flu shots because people who already have the flu but show no symptoms can still spread it to others.

Vaccines are being encouraged 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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