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Flu season: Experts discuss this year’s virus and how to protect yourself

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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the flu has hospitalized two more people, bringing the total to 10 reported hospitalizations since Oct. 4.

Of course, many people may have already gotten the flu but didn't require medical treatment.

Laurence Burnsed, with the health department, stopped by our studios to talk about this year's flu virus.

Burnsed says it is a little too early to tell exactly how much of an affect the flu will have on our state this year.

The flu vaccine is recommended for most Oklahomans, but more data needs to be collected before they can find out exactly how effective it is against this strain of the virus.

However, Burnsed says the vaccine always provides some level of protection against the flu.

The flu vaccine can take up to two weeks before you are protected.