Flu virus to blame for deaths of 45 Oklahomans

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

The death total far eclipses the county's 97 deaths recorded during the 2014-2015 flu year, the first in which a new automated reporting system made it easier for the county Health and Human Services Agency to detect the presence of influenza when a death certificate is issued.

The Cuyahoga County Public Health Collaborative reported the totals Thursday in its influenza report for the week of January 7-13.

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 Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

Flu-associated hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County are at 794, which is a decrease from last season, the collaborative reported. The Health Department believes three of the four were vaccinated.

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.

The flu outbreak has also forced at least 11 school districts in Texas and Oklahoma to shut down, including two in North Texas.

More than 400 people have died from the flu around the country.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness.

Click on each state for more information.

With the peak period of flu cases yet to come, OCCHD offers this cautionary advice that all individuals six months and older should get a flu vaccination.

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