Flu-related deaths hit record-high 142 in San Diego County

19 January, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Keith Rowe
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According to hospitalization numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, residents in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties accounted for the most flu hospitalizations in the state.

The number of flu-related deaths this season in San Diego County has reached a record high of 142, county health officials said.

While counties are required to report when people younger than 18 have died of the flu, adult flu deaths are not required to be reported.

OK FluView states reports there have been 1,429 hospitalizations and deaths for influenza-associated reasons. All the deaths statewide are in the age group 50 and older.


For the week ending January 6, the county reported 278 laboratory-confirmed cases and 66 hospitalizations. A year ago at this point, only 311 flu patients had been hospitalized statewide.

Last year, 12 states had widespread cases, but this year the flu is widespread throughout the continental United States including Alaska. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which is spread by infected people coughing, sneezing or touching a surface handled by others. "The flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over six months", Wooten said. Details may change as more information becomes available.

Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms.

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