Eight more people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma during the last week with the flu. That brings to 20-so far this flu season. State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristi Bradley says now is the time to take your safety precautions.
BRADLEY: “Those things of course are washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes and, most importantly, staying home from work or school if you are ill with a fever and cough.”
Another important component is not only washing your hands, but watching them as well.
BRADLEY: “Be mindful of where your hands are because we can pick-up viruses on our hands. If we touch our eyes, nose or mouth we can inoculate ourselves to the virus.”
Texas and Louisiana have had major outbreaks, and officials fear that could spread to Oklahoma during the Christmas travel season. It is not too late to get a flu shot.