83-year-old is Dallas County's 8th flu death this season

Posted March 03, 2017

Forty-eight influenza-related deaths have been recorded by the Oklahoma State Department of Health since September of 2016.

Almost 17-hundred people have been hospitalized statewide, including 391 in Tulsa County, which leads all other counties in flu fatalities and the number of flu-related hospitalizations. The majority of those deaths, 38, occurred during the three weeks ending February 25. Tulsa County has seen 391 flu-related hospitalizations. During a typical flu season, complications such as pneumonia send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital. 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.

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.

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SA Health said the influenza vaccination, which changes each year to match particular virus types, is usually available from late March or early April.

Results showed that people who received the high-dose vaccine were 36 percent less likely to die in the 30 days following hospitalization or emergency room visit for the flu in 2012 to 2013 than those who received the standard-dose vaccine.

Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

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