The State Department of Health reported that 51 people have died from the flu since the start of flu season that started in late September. ahs_pharm+tag logoThe federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the flu outbreak in Oklahoma is considered regional, meaning influenza has been confirmed in at least two — but fewer than half — of the regions in the state. The largest number of deaths — 19 — were in the 50-64 age group, while 18 deaths were reported among those 65 and older. Twelve deaths were reported in the 18-49 age group, while four were among children age 4 and younger. The health department reports a combined total of 1,202 hospitalizations and deaths due to the flu during the current season. Those include the three deaths and 17 people hospitalized during the past week. The flu season generally runs from late September to late April or early May, health officials said. Symptoms include having a fever, chills, a cough, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor's offices, clinics, health departments and pharmacies.  Your community pharmacy is one of the quickest ways to get a flu shot. For more information go to: CDC

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