Flu Kills 8 More Oklahomans

Eight more Oklahomans have died from the flu this week, bringing the total to 33 so far this season. One of those deaths was in Tulsa County.

In the most recent numbers released Thursday morning, 975 people have been hospitalized or died from the flu since the end of September.

"We are actually on our downward slop, which is good. We actually reached our peak, which was 220 hospitalizations, about the second or third week of January," Tulsa Health Department Epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli said.

According to the health department, this weeks numbers are around 80 and it's uncommon to have two peaks during a season but they say it doesn't mean the numbers won't go back up just not reach the peak level again.

The health department is urging people that haven't had their shot to still get it because you could still get sick in the coming weeks. They have plenty of vacancies available. Health department officials also want you to remember three things going into the rest of flu season.

"We still want you to get the flu shot. We still want you to wash your hands and be very mindful of what's around you," Schlaefli said.

Persons who already have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever (although not everyone with flu will have a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue