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Oklahomans have died due to the flu, health officials say

19 January 2018, 01:33 | Darrell Baldwin

CDCHealth officials released a report saying there have been 17 flu-related deaths

Flu Deaths in San Diego County Reach New High

Summit County Public Health reported on January 12 five flu-related deaths (4 adults and 1 pediatric). There have been 45 deaths total in the state.

The Douglas County Health Department said there have been four flu deaths and hundreds of new flu cases in the past week.

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

A total of 1,429 people have been hospitalized for the flu, including 338 in Tulsa County, between September 1 and Tuesday, according to the state. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

Around the Tulsa area, hospital emergency rooms are reporting high traffic and more flu cases.

Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth.

Public health officials think the current flu season is going to be worse than last year's because the dominant flu strain, H3N2, causes more fatalities than other flu viruses.

MORE: What you need to know about this year's flu season " There is medication that can be given that can help, but it really needs to be given within the first 48 hours of symptoms", said Dr. Leanard Pollack with the Henry Ford Health System. Getting the flu can be serious. OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine, so don't wait to receive the flu shot.

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