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OSDH: Flu deaths increase by 3, making the new total 30 in Oklahoma

Posted at 10:12 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 11:16:38-05

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's weekly flu activity summary, the number of flu deaths have increased by 3, making the total 30 in Oklahoma since Sept. 1.

OSDH reports the number of new hospitalizations reported between February 2 - February 8, 2020 are 245.

OSDH report shows the number of new and previously reported hospitalizations with testing between Sept. 1, 2019 - Feb. 1, 2020 are 1443.

OSDH is now reporting there have been three deaths related to the flu between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8, making the total for Oklahoma 30 cumulative deaths.

One of the three deaths is the first in the age group of 5-17 years old, according to OSDH.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department say this year's flu virus is particularly unusual' and they expect it to be severe.

The number of flu deaths in Tulsa County and in Oklahoma is on the rise, officials say.

Health departments urge Oklahomans to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it is one of the most important things we could do for our children and ourselves, officials say.

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