Hospitalizations related to the flu continue to rise across Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As hospitalizations connected to the flu continue to rise, health officials in Oklahoma are encouraging residents to take precautions and get a flu vaccine.

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week that 14 Oklahoma patients had been hospitalized with the flu, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 68 since Sept. 1.

Last week, experts reported that one patient, who was over 65-years-old, became the first victim to die from the virus this season.

According to data from the health department, the victim lived in Tulsa County.

Health officials said the flu claimed the lives of 85 Oklahomans last flu season and led to more than 2,891 hospitalizations statewide. Last flu season was the longest flu season in a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue.

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