Oklahoma Flu-Related Death Tally Rises To 129

Pedestrians pass the Verdugo Hills Medical Clinic in Glendale California. David Mc New

The Sedgwick County Department of Health is urging residents to get a flu shot if they haven't already - because we're not through the worst of the flu season.

"This has been an extremely rough flu season and the entire country has been hit hard", said Lawton Davis, M.D., health director for the Coastal Health District.

The total number of deaths so far this season is more than than five times the 25 flu-related deaths for a similar period previous year. Among the 48 states for which information was available, Arkansas' percentage was the fifth-highest, behind Kentucky, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. It takes about two weeks after getting the shot for your body to build up immunity to the flu.

"We've had number schools that have had as little as ten to twenty to hundreds plus so we've had quite a bit of flu activity in our district". Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.

Bassett says the vaccine has been 30 percent effective in the past.

Nationally, there have been more than 50 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2017-2018 flu season.

More than 50 children in the USA have died from the flu during the 2017-18 season.

Health officials are warning the public to take measures to prevent the flu, especially by getting the flu vaccine.

"It's not too late to get the flu vaccine", said Acting State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris.

Pregnant women, young children, seniors and people with other health conditions are particularly at risk and should seek medical care if they think they may have the flu.

Annually, between 600,000 and 2.4 million people come down with the flu in Pennsylvania and between 120 and 2,000 die.

The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and covering one's mouth during a cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of the flu.

Stay away from people who are sick.

Even more, more than 7% of all the recently hospitalized patients in NY were related to the flu influenza.

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