There's Another Death from Flu in Oklahoma

Knox County Health Department offers free flu vaccinations

DHHS, per its privacy policy, declined to provide the gender, hometown and county of the victim. Many people do not visit the doctor when ill and doctors should not be expected to run tests on all patients exhibiting influenza-like symptoms, state health officials said.

The map, which includes the potentially deadly Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the United Kingdom, shows the areas with the worst outbreaks of the illness, according to users who upload reports themselves. "Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, and it's still not too late to get a flu shot". All the fatalities have been in the population age 50 and older.

The 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu.

Tan adds that while the current vaccine and the circulating flu strains may not be a flawless match, there are still a lot of protective benefits.

Nationally, flu season has arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials.

"The strains we have been seeing are "influenza A's" and they're H3N2's", said Whitney.

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"There's plenty of vaccine, so please go get your flu shot". Most of the deaths have been people in these vulnerable groups.

None of the Triad's four main hospitals have implemented visitor restrictions, particularly for children, for the current season.

"This is the time of year where there's an increase in viral illnesses generally speaking, so it's really important to remind people to wash your hands, and make sure you cover your cough".

"We're about two weeks ahead of where we were a year ago", she said.

"Overall, so far the season seems to be similar to the last couple of years, but it's a little early to tell, since we usually see cases into March", Ohl said.

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