Oklahoma Flu-Related Deaths Continue Record Climb


Thursday, April 2nd 2015, 11:50 am
By: News On 6


The state Department of Health reports the number of flu-related deaths continues to climb in Oklahoma. 

The OSDH says since the flu season began last fall, 107 residents have died.  The department began keeping track of flu-related deaths in 2009 and this season has been the highest.

Since March 24, six Oklahomans have died from flu. In the past week, the OSDH says LeFlore County reported its flu-related death this season.

March 19, 2015 Related Story: Death Toll Now 101 In Record Breaking Oklahoma Flu Season

Health Department spokesperson Jamie Dukes says the strain currently circulating is influenza B, which is covered by the flu shot. She says it is still not too late to get a flu shot because the season will not come to an end until late April or early May.

Twenty-two of those flu-related deaths have occurred in Tulsa County. That is the highest number of any county in the state. Oklahoma County, is second with 14 flu-related deaths.

Dukes said 

County list of flu-related deaths since September 28, 2014:

Canadian [4]

Carter [1]

Cherokee [1]

Cleveland [6]

Comanche [4]

Custer [2]

Delaware [2]

Garfield [5]

Garvin [1]

Jackson [1]

LeFlore [1]

Lincoln [1]

Logan [5]

Marshall 1]

McClain [2]

McIntosh [3]

Muskogee [3]

Okfuskee [2]

Oklahoma [14]

Ottawa [2]

Payne [2]

Pittsburg [1]

Pontotoc [2]

Pottawatomie [2]

Rogers [4]

Stephens [5]

Tillman [3]

Tulsa [22]

Wagoner [3]

Washington [1]

Woodward [1]