Five people died from the flu in Oklahoma between January 1 and January 7, 2014 according to numbers released Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Those five deaths occurred in Kay, LeFlore, Osage, Pittsburg and Tulsa counties.
The OSDH says 242 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma since October 2013 with influenza-associated symptoms.
Flu hospitalizations in eastern Oklahoma [since October 2013] include:
State health officials say the single best way to protect against flu and its consequences is to get the flu vaccine.
They say this year's vaccine contains H1N1-2009 which is well-matched to the circulating strain.
Many local county health departments, pharmacies and health care providers still have vaccine and health officials urge all persons 6 months of age and older to get the vaccine to protect themselves and those around them from influenza, especially babies too young to receive a vaccination.