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Another flu death recorded in Tulsa County

Posted at 5:07 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 18:09:27-05

Another Tulsan has died from the flu, which brings the state total to 11 deaths so far this season.

Three of those 11 deaths were in Tulsa County, the state health department says.

So far, 221 people have been hospitalized statewide because of the flu, with Tulsa and Cleveland counties recording the most hospitalizations.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says nine states are experiencing high flu activity, including Colorado and New Mexico, border states to Oklahoma. Oklahoma still is considered in the moderate range at this point. For a nationwide map and stats, click here.

Click here for some facts from the CDC about the flu and preventative care.

The CDC recommends people get the flu vaccine and take everyday preventative measures to help curb the spread of the potentially deadly illness.

It is recommended that all individuals over the age of six months be vaccinated against the flu this year, according to the Tulsa County Health Department. Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu are especially advised to get the flu vaccine, including older people, pregnant women and those with asthma, diabetes, or other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies less than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine, TCHD says.

The Tulsa County Health Department gives free flu shots as long as supplies last. Click here for location information.

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