OCCHD epidemiologists confirm two additional influenza-associated deaths in Oklahoma County for the 2017-2018 flu season bringing the total to five deaths and 380 hospitalizations this season. Flu has now claimed the lives of 74 Oklahomans this season.
OCCHD vigorously recommends all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination. OCCHD Epidemiologist Eric Howard said, “The best defense in the next few weeks is getting the flu vaccine which can keep you from getting the flu, lessen the severity of the flu, and keep you from spreading the virus to family and friends.” The predominate strain of flu going around is the H3N2 virus with the following symptoms:
- Body Aches
- Sore Throat
- Minor Congestion
- Vomiting and Diarrhea - uncommon, occurs more frequently in children
In the past week, there have been 417 people have been hospitalized statewide bringing the statewide total of influenza-related hospitalizations to 2014 since September 2017. The largest segment of patients have been in the 65 and older demographic, followed by the 50-64 age group.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest being vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.
It takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine so don’t wait to be immunized.
Vaccines are still offered 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 at the following OCCHD clinic locations:
|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