Health officials: Six Oklahomans die of the flu, hundreds hospitalized

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As we get closer to Christmas, more people are being diagnosed with the flu.

Since Dec. 10, 30 Oklahomans have been hospitalized with influenza.

So far this year, 143 people have been hospitalized with the virus and six people have died.

Deaths have been reported in Carter County, Garfield County, Oklahoma County, Payne County and Stephens County.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, all the patients who died from the flu were over the age of 65-years-old.

While it seems like there have been a lot of people being hospitalized with the flu, health department data claims 2014 is on par with past years.

Usually, Oklahoma is hardest hit by the flu toward the end of January.

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