OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As we head toward the height of flu season, health officials say the virus is taking its toll on Oklahomans.
Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week that 203 Oklahoma patients had been hospitalized with the flu, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 863 since Sept. 1.
Also, health experts say 20 people have died from the virus since the flu season began on Sept. 1.
Official data indicates that one patient was younger than 5-years-old, while four were between the ages of 18 and 49-years-old. The other 15 patients were over the age of 50-years-old.
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.