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Health officials: 48 Oklahomans have died from the flu

Melissa Porter | 03 March, 2017, 00:27

This has been the worst flu season in Mesa County in the past 5 years, according to the Mesa County Health Department.

Officials say residents in Tulsa County has been hardest hit by the flu this season, leading to 13 deaths in that county.

The other outbreaks were in nursing homes, she said.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department recommends flu vaccinations and hand hygiene to avoid the dangers of the flu.

Flu can be a serious illness for the elderly, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. "So far they have accounted for every 3 out of 4 people who have been hospitalized for the flu".

The high-dose flu vaccine was introduced and approved for adults 65 and older in 2009.

The 16 flu-related deaths occurred between February 19 and February 25. While flu activity remains elevated over the baseline rate of 2.2% for influenza-like illness, the new national report offers some good news during a flu season marked by severe illness.

The visitor restrictions apply to all affiliated hospitals and will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Cone has said that almost 10 percent of recent visitors to its emergency departments have had the flu or flu-like symptoms.

Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In these instances, parents and guardians should work with their nurse to make arrangements.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 16 flu-related deaths last week.