Oklahomans have died due to the flu, health officials say

Kristen Gonzales
January 19, 2018

That's more than twice the 17 flu-related deaths reported in the entire 2016-17 season, health officials said.

The deaths are the first fatalities for the county this flu season, but bring the North Texas total number of deaths to 48.

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.

News of Rochester's most recent flu-related deaths comes just days after a 10-year-old CT boy died from complications of the flu after visiting the Buffalo region.

Officials said 35 of those who died were over 65 years old, and 10 were between 50 and 64 years old.

There have been 38 reported deaths in Dallas County, three in Tarrant County and two in Denton County.

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The drop in flu cases may signal the flu season has peaked in San Diego County.

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

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which is spread by infected people coughing, sneezing or touching a surface handled by others.

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.

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

Local health experts say this is the worst outbreak in more than decade, with children being especially hit hard. "The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu".

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