Flu Deaths in San Diego County Reach New High

Henrietta Strickland
January 18, 2018

OKLAHOMA-Three new flu deaths have been reported since January 10, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Details may change as more information becomes available.

Because most flu infections are never confirmed with formal testing, the percentage of local emergency departments showing flu-like symptoms is often seen as a more accurate gauge of just how active influenza is in the community.

Oklahoma County recorded 299 hospitalizations, while Tulsa County recorded 338 hospitalizations.

State wide, at least 1,155 people have died.

Health reports state that all of the patients who died from the virus were over the age of 50.

According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017.

The current flu season began on September 1, 2017. "The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu". Although some news sources have reported this year's vaccine is only expected to be 10 percent effect, CDC experts say that is incorrect for the U.S.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

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