Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

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Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

According to the department's weekly influenza summary, 234 cases of flu were reported last week.

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"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.

This report covers flu surveillance for the 28 counties that comprise Region 8.

"I think there's much more to come", Thompson said.

Since August, 709 cases of the flu have been reported in North Dakota.

"Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Medical Director of the Ohio Department of Health.

Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262.

There are four steps that can help prevent the spread of the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. Also, last season, widespread flu activity wasn't announced until mid-January.

There is still a lot of concern over how effective this year's flu vaccine will be.

"It is not too late to get a flu shot".

Since Oct. 1, she said the Peterson Regional Medical Center's emergency room has tallied 34 positive tests for flu; and at the Urgent Care Center on Junction Highway, they have counted 20 flu cases. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

The issues involving vaccinations, for the flu or other illnesses, are complex and boil down to personal choice, say opponents of MCMC's policy. For starters, if you are sick, if at all possible, stay home.

"Vaccination helps protect individual children from flu and also can help stop it spreading to family, friends and the wider community".

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