Oakland County urges flu shots after reporting almost 1000 cases since October

Posted January 19, 2018

The Oklahoma Department of Health reports there have been 45 flu-related deaths this flu season.

CITY -Although health officials are warning Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu, the number of deaths associated with the virus continues to rise.

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.

Dukes says almost 15-hundred people have been hospitalized since flu season began. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

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For the week ending January 6, the county reported 278 laboratory-confirmed cases and 66 hospitalizations.

Two new deaths involve two adults between 75 and 84 years old.

The collaborative includes the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May.

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"Unfortunately, as in years past, we are seeing increasing flu activity and the heartbreaking consequences it can have", said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG.

A total of 278 people have been hospitalized with flu.

Eighty-seven percent of the current cases are influenza A. Pour said it's unclear if this is the peak of the flu season.

The Health Division recommends everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza vaccination and take preventive actions.

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Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms.