Two additional deaths due to influenza reported in Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting two more flu-related deaths in the state for the current season.

There have been seven deaths total this flu season. The department said Thursday that the latest deaths were in Delaware and Tulsa counties. Tulsa County now has three flu deaths while Delaware, Harper, Oklahoma and Rogers counties have one each.

Three deaths are in the 50-64 age group, three were 65 or older and one was between 18 and 49.

The department also said there have been about 300 people hospitalized since flu season began in October.

“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.

Influenza in the state for the 2015-16 season is sharply lower than last season when at least 114 people died and more than 2,000 people were hospitalized.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.