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OSDH: Flu deaths increase by 6, including first child death in Oklahoma

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 11:46:54-05

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health's weekly flu activity summary, the number of flu deaths have increased by 6, including the state's first child death, making the total 20 in Oklahoma since Sept. 1.

OSDH reports the number of new hospitalizations reported between January 5 - January 11, 2020 are 203.

OSDH report shows the number of new and previously reported hospitalizations with testing between Sept. 1, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2019 are 660.

OSDH is now reporting there have been six new deaths related to the flu, making the total for Oklahoma 20 cumulative deaths.

OSDH reports the first child has passed in the state in relation to the flu.

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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