Tulsa County Now Leads the State in Flu Deaths

Tulsa County Now Leads the State in Flu Deaths

The flu season generally lasts from October through May. Those who are at a higher risk of flu complications such as children younger than 5-years-old, pregnant women, older adults, and those with chronic medical conditions should especially get a flu shot. According to Jamie Dukes with the State Health Department, the most patients with influenza are reported in the two most populous counties...

Flu activity decreased to "moderate low" during that week, and the activity level for the last week in December was revised from "high" from "very high".

The Douglas County Health Department said there have been four flu deaths and hundreds of new flu cases in the past week.

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That brings the total number of hospitalizations this flu season in Colorado to more than 2,000. Hawaii is the only state without widespread flu, through the latest data from the CDC for the week ending January 6.

Because most flu infections are never confirmed with formal testing, the percentage of local emergency departments showing flu-like symptoms is often seen as a more accurate gauge of just how active influenza is in the community.

The previous deadliest flu season was in 2014-2015, when 97 people died.

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Doctors recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months get the flu vaccine.

Visit www.tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment.

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