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Latest Flu-Related Numbers Released For Oklahoma

Latest Flu-Related Numbers Released For Oklahoma

So far this year, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 173 people have died from the flu since September. Last week saw the first reported pediatric death related to the flu. That's down about 500 cases the previous week. A shortage of Tami-Flu is also complicating matters. According to hospitalization numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, residents in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties accounted for the most flu hospitalizations in the state.

Tulsa County has had the largest number of hospitalizations for the flu season with a total of 993.

The nasal mist was popular several years ago, especially among children who don't like needles.

The flu is considered to be widespread in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it is in 46 other US states.

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Experts who have studied the nasal mist vaccine with children ages 2 to 4 found that the 2017-2018 vaccine "performed significantly better" than the 2015-2016 vaccine.

Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

The flu season usually runs through May.


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