Bartlesville seeing a high number of flu cases


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Reported by: Martina Del Bonta
Updated: 1/22 10:22 pm Published: 1/22 9:40 pm


Oklahoma is only halfway through the flu season and Bartlesville is already seeing an unusually high number of cases.

Diane Garrett has been closely following the upward trend of flu cases at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.

She told FOX23 the numbers are higher than last year.

"We are far ahead from where we were. We ended the flu season at around 70 cases, this year we are already at 74," Garrett said.

FOX23 got a hold of the numbers and there are a total of 74 cases and 41 of them were people between the ages of 19 and 59.

Hospital officials think the weather is the reason why numbers are so high this year.

"Our hypothesis is since people have been inside so much, their at the malls and in close proximity with one another," said Garrett.

Parents like Anjie Downing made sure all three of her kids got the flu shot.

"Every year for the last few years we have because it's gotten increasingly worse," said Downing.

Others told FOX23 the higher numbers locally are making them get their flu shot.

"I just heard that the flu is worse this year so I'm going to get it in the next week or so," Tahwnya York said.

Hospital officials said the flu season in Oklahoma lasts from October to April.


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