Oklahoma Flu Deaths Skyrocket

Feb 8, 2018

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Oklahoma health officials say the state has recorded 129 influenza deaths this season — one shy of the record for the state — and about 3,000 people have been hospitalized with the illness. That is a record.

The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday that flu deaths since Sept. 1 surpassed the 110 flu-related deaths in the state during the previous flu season.

Health officials say that 89 people aged 65 or over are among this year's flu victims, more than any other age group. A total of 15 people aged 18-49 and another 25 people aged 50-64 have also died due to the flu this season.

A total of 748 Tulsa County residents have been hospitalized due to the flu, more than any other Oklahoma county. 23 deaths are reported in Tulsa County.