10 people have died from flu in Oklahoma

Faith Castro
December 23, 2018

Nationally, there have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2018-2019 flu season; and while there's only been localized flu activity across MI in the past few weeks, the health department "strongly recommends" that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot. 2017 was estimated to be the deadliest flu season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. It's not now clear where in the state the child was from or if he or she had received the flu vaccine.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports 18 of the 27 flu-related deaths in Wyoming last season were people over 65, though one child was among those who died.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to reach its best protection, so if you haven't had the shot yet, this is a good time to get the family immunized.

The Regulation for Prevention of Influenza Transmission, which mandates that unvaccinated healthcare workers in state health department-regulated facilities wear masks, first went into effect in the 2013-24 flu season. "People who don't get the flu vaccine are leaving science on the shelf".

To find pharmacies in your area that may have flu and pneumococcal vaccine, visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder or call the CDC INFO immunization hotline toll-free at 1.800.232.4636.

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So far this year, about 45 percent of adults and 46 percent of children have been vaccinated, he said.

Symptoms of seasonal flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, tiredness and/or muscle aches. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly dirty. If you do still get the flu you're 60 percent less likely to need treatment.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Last year's severe flu season was marked by transmission of influenza A H3N2 more than any other strain.

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