Two more Oklahomans die from flu virus, bringing total to 5

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Flu virus

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, health officials said three people had died after contracting the flu in the Sooner State.

Now, officials say two more people died after being diagnosed with the flu.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that one patient in Oklahoma, Harper and Rogers counties died after contracting the flu. Two patients in Tulsa County also passed away.

All of the deaths were in patients who were over 50-years-old.

Since October, health officials say 223 people have been hospitalized because of the flu.

Health experts recommend that Oklahomans receive the flu vaccine before flu season hits its peak.

“It could take up to two weeks before it fully takes effect and helps your immune system build a response to protect you,” Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed said.

To prevent the flu from spreading, officials say you should keep your hands clean, sneeze or cough into a tissue and if you’re sick, stay at home.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills.