A Tulsa child has died from the flu.
It is the first flu-related death in a child in the state this flu season. In all, 12 people have died from the flu Oklahoma.
"This death is a somber reminder of the danger flu poses to children," said Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart.
"The loss of a child is always tragic and we extend our sympathies to the family."
Health officials recommend an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older. Vaccination is especially important for those persons at high risk from flu complications including people 50 years of age and older, young children, persons with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, other long-term health conditions, and pregnant women.
Children between the ages of six months and eight years who have not previously received a flu vaccination will need a booster dose approximately one month after the first dose of vaccine.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
The Tulsa Health Department cautions parents not to send children to school who have fever and respiratory symptoms. Children with flu-like symptoms should be kept out of school until fever is gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-lowering medications.