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Flu deaths continue to rise

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 18:18:35-05

TULSA, Okla. — Officials say the worst of the flu season is almost among us.

2 Works for You spoke with Jessica Rice with the Tulsa Health Department. Rice says this is surprising, because it's only two weeks into the new year.

"In Oklahoma as well as what we are seeing national, Influenza Type B Victoria is circulating within our community," Rice said. "We do typically see that more in the later part of the flu season, but it is unique to see that at this time."

Rice says in Tulsa County, 157 people have been hospitalized since September, and four people have died from the flu.

She says flu season is different depending on what's circulating.

"The vaccine is the most effective way to prevent yourself along along with good hygiene," Rice said. "Good respiratory etiquette to protect not only yourself and the families, but the community around you."

Rice says she encourages anyone with feverish symptoms to contact their primary health doctor.

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