According to the county's flu surveillance report, flu-related deaths have been declining each year since the 2013-14 season, when 55 were reported.
Eleven more people die of flu-related illness in Oklahoma in the past week, three of those in Tulsa County, which continues to lead the state. High-dose vaccine was not better at preventing deaths in patients studied during that flu season. The recent CDC report noted that the flu hospitalization rate for United States senior citizens is 155.2 per 100,000, higher than for any other age group.
Eleven more Oklahomans have died in that past week from the flu virus.
Seniors are at higher risk for serious complications and death from the flu than young adults and middle-aged people - between 71 percent and 85 percent of flu-related deaths occur among people over age 65.
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The Health officials recommend flu vaccinations and hand hygiene to avoid the flu.
Flu symptoms include a 100-degree Fahrenheit fever, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The cost of a flu vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, Medicaid and most private insurance companies.
They encourage residents to still get their flu shot if they haven't already, and to stay home if you are feeling sick.
The Department of Public Health will also team up with the Horizon Fire Department to offer free flu vaccines on March 13 at the El Paso County Self-Help Center located at 15731 Kentwood Ave., Horizon, TX 79928 from 9 a.m.to noon.