Two more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa County

Two more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa County

Two more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma, including one in Tulsa County

Last season 101 people died of the flu.

While the number of flu deaths has climbed steadily over the past month, the total pales compared to this time previous year, when 83 people had died in San Diego County. "It certainly won't be as significant of a (flu) season as we had past year".

As of last week, Ms. Lustik said, only 19 laboratory-reported cases of the flu had been recorded in Jefferson County.

Since the current season began in early October, slightly more than 2,400 influenza cases have been reported in 35 counties. The flu vaccine also looks to be a good match for the strands of the virus circulating this year.

A flu shot is recommended for everyone over the age of six months and is a safe and easy way for individuals to protect themselves and their families from the flu.

"Pharmacist-delivered vaccination is a positive development for health delivery and will help to vaccinate cohorts of the community who previously would not have been vaccinated", PSA ACT Branch President Pat Reid says.

According to the Center of Disease Control, one reason less folks are getting sick is because the flu vaccine this year has been over 60 percent effective.

To find out where to get a flu vaccine, the public can contact their health provider or local pharmacy, or call Clatsop County Public Health at (503) 325-8500. Five of those deaths were among people 65 and older.

Influenza is a respiratory viral illness that can cause fever, cough, chills, headaches, muscle aches, runny nose and sore throat.

"The masking requirement is critical in protecting healthcare workers from catching the flu, and also in protecting patients who are often dealing with other serious health issues", said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.

"It is still concerning that, you know, we're having people who are vaccinated who are still getting the flu", said Johnson.

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