No New Flu Deaths In Oklahoma, But More People Hospitalized

Thursday, January 17th 2013, 11:43 am
By: News On 6

The latest numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health show the number of people who've died from the flu this season in Oklahoma remains at eight, but the number of hospitalizations from the illness has jumped.

Since the flu season began September 30, 2012, 484 people statewide have been hospitalized with the flu; that's up from 345 hospitalizations last week.

Oklahoma Department of Health flu information.

The most number of hospitalized flu patients, 162, occurred in Tulsa County.

Tulsa County also leads the state in the number of flu-related deaths with three.   Creek, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Rogers counties have one death each.

1/10/2013 Related Story: 6 New Flu Deaths Reported In Oklahoma

The names of those who've died were not released, but the OSDH report reveals four were between the ages of 19 and 64, and four were over the age of 65.

Other eastern Oklahoma counties with flu-related hospitalizations includes Adair, Cherokee, Latimer, McIntosh, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Wagoner and Washington counties.

1/17/2013 Related Story: Flu Closes School Districts In Adair, Muskogee Counties

The flu season is considered to be the months of September through May.