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Health Officials: First confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting the first confirmed flu cases in Oklahoma.

Two cases have been laboratory-confirmed.

One case is a child under the age of 5 in Oklahoma County.

The child was not hospitalized.

The other case is a Tulsa County resident who is also under the age of 5, but was hospitalized for influenza.

According to state health officials, the lab confirmation of flu indicates sporadic cases are happening in the state.

Health officials say a flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

“If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your flu shot before influenza activity is elevated,” said Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed, M.P.H. “Persons who have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. The flu vaccine provides protection for the individual who receives it and reduces the chance of spreading the flu to persons who have not been vaccinated, including babies too young to receive a vaccination.

In addition to getting a flu shot, the OSDH offers these prevention tips:

  • Frequent hand hygiene using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Make “respiratory hygiene” a habit, including use of tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and performing hand hygiene at once. When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands.
  • Stay home from work, school and other public places if you are ill.




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