Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) epidemiologists are cautioning residents to take every preventative step available now in the midst of rising numbers of hospitalizations and deaths due to influenza across the state and nation.
Across Oklahoma, there have been 23 deaths and 1022 hospitalizations due to flu. We’ve confirmed three influenza-associated deaths and 233 hospitalizations in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season. Most of the flu hospitalizations and deaths have been in the 65 and older demographic, followed by the 50-64 age group. In addition, the very young (0-4 years old) and school age children have been affected.
Nationally, over 6500 hospitalizations this season due to flu. The 65 and older age group are most affected. Nearly 80% of confirmed flu cases are Type A, H3N2, with Type A, H1N1 and Type B, taking 10 percent (each) of the total cases.
With the peak period of flu cases yet to come, OCCHD offers this cautionary advice that all individuals six months and older should get a flu vaccination. Director of Public Health Phil Maytubby offers these tips for flu prevention:
- Get a flu shot to prevent or lessen symptoms.
- Good hand hygiene (wash with soap and water) and cover coughs and sneezes.
- Do not go to work sick and avoid exposing others when you are ill!
Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms. OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine, so don’t wait to receive the flu shot.
Vaccines are still offered at our 3 convenient clinic locations on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – noon.
|Gary Cox Health Clinic
2700 NE 63rd Street
OKC, OK 73111
|Southern Oaks Health Clinic
6728 S Hudson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
|West Health Clinic
4330 NW 10th Street
OKC, OK 73107