Two More Oklahomans Succumb to Flu

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The State Health Department's Tony Sellars says getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent or mitigate the flu. Numbers from December show 70 cases of influenza, and eight (8) hospitalizations. Each year in the United States, 25-50 million infections are reported, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 23,600 die due to seasonal flu.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16. Walk-ins are welcome at the Public Health Clinic at Richland Public Health. Doctors believe this year's vaccine is working well.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. People at high risk of flu complications include pregnant women, older adults, young children and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, cerebral palsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, muscular dystrophy, obesity or sickle cell disease.

In 2009, Ontario was hit with a strain of swine flu commonly known as H1N1. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. But in 2014-15, 974 Mainers reported a positive flu test. The flu will make you feel very sick for about a week.

For too many, it's more than the unpleasantness of fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. See how active the flu is in your state or city at

And if you think you have the flu? Some folks should still get sick, however, are unlikely to endure issues that result in hospitalization or death.

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The number of flu deaths in CT are on the rise. "And, it's important to stay at home and not go to work or school if you are starting to have symptoms", Kling said.

"We haven't had anything so far that's really bad", said Elizabeth Goodman, head nurse for the White County school system, on January 4. No other details about them were released because of privacy laws. However, while many symptoms of a cold may appear similar to influenza, influenza symptoms tend to be more severe.

Nationwide, a year ago about 49 million people in the US came down with influenza.

Q: In addition to getting the flu vaccine, what else can people do to protect themselves and their families this flu season?

Avoid sharing food, drinks and utensils with others. 10 people are known to have died from the sickness so far.

There is also evidence now that viruses spread more easily through the dry air. Viruses are passed by contact between people, so remember these simple tips for staying healthy and keeping others healthy: 1.