dglobalnews.com Health officials: 48 Oklahomans have died from the flu
Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

Health officials: 48 Oklahomans have died from the flu

Sixteen people died in one week as a result of the flu in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

"We have seen the same trend here in Ross County, with a total of 31 influenza-associated hospitalizations, 14 of those cases in just the past week", said Michelle Long, infectious disease nurse with the Ross County Health District. The health district reported that young children have been hit particularly hard this year, with five pediatric deaths reported across the state. During a typical flu season, complications such as pneumonia send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital.

So far this flu season, there have been 40 deaths in the state due to the flu, with most of those over 65 years of age.

Since Sept. 21, 2016, more around 1664 people tested positive for the flu; of those, 48 have died.

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Merle Green, Guilford County's health director, has confirmed two flu-related deaths.

A summary from the agency said the flu was widespread in North Carolina during last week. Some people who get the flu shot may still get the flu, but typically symptoms will be milder. Joseph's Medical Center. "Other precautions you should take include cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs, and do not go to work or school if you are sick".

Flu vaccines are being offered to anyone 6 months and older on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m.

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