Tulsa Doctor: Number Of Flu Deaths 'Not Out Of The Ordinary' - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Tulsa Doctor: Number Of Flu Deaths 'Not Out Of The Ordinary'

Posted: Updated:
Patients have doubled in the last few weeks at the My Doctor near 71st and Yale. Patients have doubled in the last few weeks at the My Doctor near 71st and Yale.
Tulsa Health Department officials said during this time of year 13 deaths in one week isn't unusual. Tulsa Health Department officials said during this time of year 13 deaths in one week isn't unusual.
Dr. Stan Stacey said the latest number of deaths and hospitalizations in Oklahoma show just how potent the flu can be. Dr. Stan Stacey said the latest number of deaths and hospitalizations in Oklahoma show just how potent the flu can be.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The State Health Department said the flu has killed 22 people - including two in Tulsa County, two in Rogers County and one in each, Muskogee and Washington counties.

In just one week, the flu death numbers more than doubled - from nine to 22 - and although alarming, one doctor said that high number is nothing out of the ordinary.

Patients have doubled in the last few weeks at the My Doctor near 71st and Yale.

Dr. Stan Stacey said the latest number of deaths and hospitalizations in Oklahoma show just how potent the flu can be.

"The flu can be a serious illness, some people underestimate what it can do," Stacey said.

Tulsa Health Department spokesperson Leanne Stephens said during this time of year 13 deaths in one week isn't unusual.

"The flu season is unpredictable every season, but we are on track with what we would consider to be the peak of the flu season," Stephens said.

The most vulnerable are the young and old; according to the state, 20 of the 22 deaths were people who were 65 years and older.

"Most of the deaths occur from a respiratory problem, some people getting pneumonia, and they get to where their breathing is severely compromised," Stacey said.

A fever, headache, and achy body are some of the most common symptoms. When they escalate, it's time to go to the hospital.

"Any severe sustained high fever or shortness of breath," said Stacey.

Tamiflu can shorten the flu's lifespan, but Stacey said you can expect to feel sick for up to a week; during that time it's important to let yourself heal.

"Plenty of rest, fluids, Tylenol and Advil for any of your aches and pains," he said.

Health professionals agree that a flu shot is still the best method of prevention.

"When you do get the vaccine it can help lessen the symptoms if you were to get the flu," Stephens said.

The latest numbers also show there were about 300 people in the hospital this last week for the flu, bringing the total number to over 800 hospitalizations so far this flu season.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.