Flu blamed for 48 deaths in Oklahoma

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 2/21 11:20 am Published: 1/24/2013 10:37 am

TULSA, Okla. - The State Health Department reported a total of 21 deaths and 1141 people have been hospitalized with the flu statewide.

Those numbers are since Sept. 29, 2013.   There have been 8 flu related deaths in Tulsa and 225 flu related hospitalizations.

FOX23 talked to a doctor at St. John Clinic about the flu, and when the outbreak could wind down.

“Probably downhill in March, but you'll see flu in March also,” said Milner.

There have been six deaths in Tulsa County this flu season, the most in the state, 206 people have also been hospitalized in Tulsa County.

Milner told FOX23 overall, the numbers are actually slightly down this season, but the severity is not.

“We haven't seen as much of the flu as we did last year, but the ones we're seeing, if they haven't had their flu shot, have been pretty severe. (The illness is) causing hospitalizations, pneumonia. Some patients have been on the respirators," said Milner.

With that severity, Milner said it makes it that much more important to get treated with Tamiflu quickly if you have symptoms.

She said, "48 hours is usually pretty much the window after that is doesn't work as well.”

The State Department of Health tracks flu statistics on their flu website.

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