According to Jamie Dukes with the State Health Department, the most patients with influenza are reported in the two most populous counties...
CITY -Although health officials are warning Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu, the number of deaths associated with the virus continues to rise.
As of January 6, Oakland County has more than 950 reported flu cases since October 1, 2017. MORE: Surge in flu cases keeping SoCal hospitals busy Wooten also emphasized that it's not too late to get vaccinated.
Officials said 35 of those who died were over 65 years old, and 10 were between 50 and 64 years old.
Two new deaths involve two adults between 75 and 84 years old.
The number of flu deaths in Collin and Dallas counties combined reached 86 this week. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Flu is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person through sneezing, coughing and contact with hands that touch the eyes, nose and mouth. The number for those in the oldest category (85 and older) almost doubled within this last week, from 66 cases to 121 reported cases of the flu.
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. "The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over six months", Wooten said. A year ago at this point, only 311 flu patients had been hospitalized statewide.