Health officials: 3 Oklahomans die from the flu

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Health officials say three people have died after contracting the flu in the Sooner State.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that 16 people have been diagnosed with the flu within the last week.

Authorities say one person in Harper, Rogers and Tulsa counties all died after contracting the virus.

All of the deaths were in patients who were over 50-years-old.

Despite the deaths, records show this flu season is less severe at this point than in years past.

Since October, health officials say 204 people have been hospitalized because of the flu.

Health experts recommend that Oklahomans receive the flu vaccine before flu season hits its peak.

“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.

To prevent the flu from spreading, officials say you should keep your hands clean, sneeze or cough into a tissue and if you’re sick, stay at home.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills.

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