Oklahomans have died due to the flu, health officials say

by Noah Mcgee January 19, 2018, 1:47
Oklahomans have died due to the flu, health officials say

Local emergency rooms report that influenza-like illnesses are making 7 percent of emergency room visits for the week ending January 13. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

The CDC rates Oklahoma in "Red" for high activity.

San Diego County reported a record number of flu deaths Wednesday. Pneumonia is trending higher than the five-year median, while doctor visits for flu-like illnesses are trending lower than the five-year median.

The deaths are the first fatalities for the county this flu season, but bring the North Texas total number of deaths to 48.

The Ohio Department of Health's flu activity summary for the week of December 31 to January 6 showed that flu remained widespread throughout the state.

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Texas has seen 1,155 combined adult flu and pneumonia deaths and four flu-related pediatric deaths in Texas as of a January 12 report.

Because most flu infections are never confirmed with formal testing, the percentage of local emergency departments showing flu-like symptoms is often seen as a more accurate gauge of just how active influenza is in the community.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Nearly 36,000 people die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are no vaccine shortages in Ohio.

The strain of flu going around is the H3-strain, which makes this year's flu shots only 30-40 percent effective.

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