More than 100 flu deaths in Oklahoma this season


U.S. Sgt. Benjamin Miceli draws an H1N1 flu vaccine at a troop medical clinic.
Credit: Dustin Senger/Department of Defe

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OKLAHOMA — As of Thursday, a total of 101 Oklahomans have died from the flu since September; that is the highest number of deaths the state has on record, according to the state Health Department.

Most of the flu deaths have been among people 65 years of age or older. Two children ages four or younger also lost their lives to the illness.

Health officials continue to urge residents to get their flu shots and take precautions against spreading germs by washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing.

Hospitalizations from the flu in Oklahoma are now up to 2,183 since September.

That is the highest number of flu-related hospitalizations since the state Health Department started tracking flu deaths and hospitalizations in 2009 after the H1N1 flu pandemic.

In fact, the Walgreens Flu Index listed Oklahoma as the state with the highest flu activity from November 2014 to February 2015.

Also, the study listed Oklahoma City as the hardest hit location in the nation for the virus.

Residents can get flu shots at county health departments and some pharmacies and clinics. Make sure you call beforehand to ensure that a location is still providing flu shots.

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