Oakland County urges flu shots after reporting almost 1000 cases since October

Brandon Parsons
January 19, 2018

Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) epidemiologists are cautioning residents to take every preventative step available now in the midst of rising numbers of hospitalizations and deaths due to influenza across the state and nation.

Tarrant County reported its first flu deaths on January 9.

As of January 6, Oakland County has more than 950 reported flu cases since October 1, 2017.

Oklahoma County recorded 299 hospitalizations, while Tulsa County recorded 338 hospitalizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu vaccine each year. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season. The previous deadliest flu season was in 2014-2015, when 97 people died.

Around the Tulsa area, hospital emergency rooms are reporting high traffic and more flu cases.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

Despite funding cuts and enrollment hurdles, the number of Texans who signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is on pace to match last year's total. OCCHD reminds the public that it takes about two weeks to be fully protected from the vaccine, so don't wait to receive the flu shot.

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