The Oklahoma State Department of Health has released the latest flu numbers for the state.
Five deaths related to the flu have been reported in the last week in Tulsa, Kay, LeFlore, Osage and Pittsburg counties with one death per county.
Hospitalizations due to the flu have nearly doubled as well. 242 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of flu season October 1st. That’s 116 more than the last update in December.
KRMG talked to the state health department and they aren’t surprised by the increase.
“It’s very comparable to what we saw last year and what we would expect for this time of year.”
They recommend washing your hands and using hand sanitizer several times a day, covering your mouth when you cough and getting a flu shot.
But the most important thing to remember is to stay home if you are sick so you do not spread it around the office.
The two largest groups hospitalized with the flu were between the ages of 50 and 64 (29%) and those 65 and older (29%). They are followed by adults 18 to 49 years (26%), children less than 4 years (13%), and 5 to 17 years (3%).
The Tulsa Health Department still recommends everyone six months of age or older getting a flu shot.