Flu arrives in Oklahoma

Thursday, October 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The flu has arrived in Oklahoma this year earlier than usual, the state Health Department said Thursday.

Two cases of influenza type A have been confirmed in Oklahoma County, said Don Blose, chief of the health department's immunization service.

Oklahoma usually does not see influenza until late December or January. Flu activity normally peaks in January or February, Blose said.

Oklahoma is one of at least 10 states, including Texas, to already confirm cases of the flu this season.

People who are recommended to receive flu shots are those age 65 or older, pregnant women who will be in their second or third trimester during flu season and people with long-term health problems and diseases.

County health departments are holding flu shot clinics in communities throughout the state.