Oklahoma Health Department offers free flu shots statewide

Ebony Scott
February 17, 2018

All eight known cases were older adults who died in January, public health Administrator Julie Pryde said. In 2009, 15 were reported. "Flu season runs through May, so it is important to have protection as soon as possible".

At this point past year, there had only been 13 flu-related deaths in Indiana.

Health officials continue to advise people to get flu shots to ward off the illness, noting that flu season is expected to continue into April or May.

According to a government report released last Friday, 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu.

"If I counted how many clients I've spoken with and meetings that have been postponed recently due to this insane flu going around I'd run out of fingers", said Jordan Goodwin, of staffing agency Creative Circle.

"Thus, deaths due to influenza may peak after the peak of person-to-person transmission in a community", Ohl said. Both died the week of February 4 through February 10.

And if the first round of flu wasn't bad enough, now could another wave be heading through? She says they're still seeing a large number of patients testing positive for both the A and B strains.

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"I'm disappointed [in the flu shot]". That advice applies even to those who have already been sick with the flu this season.

Stephanie Berger, a junior, said she received the flu shot back in the fall, but she still became ill.

There were also a record number of people hospitalized with flu-like symtoms and more reports of flu outbreaks in schools and nursing homes across the state.

Madison Catlett, 9, gets a flu shot from licensed practical nurse Carolyn Nelson at Southwest Medical's Tenaya Healthcare Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

State health officials say 22 more people have died from flu in SC in the past week.

"Just because we have recovered or recovering from one strain of the flu doesn't mean we don't have five, six weeks of flu left and another flu strain comes in and rears its ugly head", said Welch.

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