Flu kills 8 in Okla.

Posted on: 12:19 pm, January 10, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:21pm, January 10, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The flu has claimed the lives at eight Oklahomans over the last few months. 

Health officials said our state’s flu season started Sept. 30, 2012 and since then, about 350 people have been hospitalized. 

Just since Jan. 2, more than 90 people went to the hospital for the symptoms, a fever, cough and sore throat. 

Eastern Okla. has been hit the hardest. 

Two people died in Tulsa County, and others in Creek, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Rogers counties. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this flu season is one of the worst over the last few years. 

Flu cases have been reported in 41 states and at least 18 children have died. 

If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, health officials are urging you to do so. 

They said children, the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions are at the highest risk.