MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 16, 2013

State’s flu death total 33 as season winds down


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – State health officials say 33 people have died from the flu in Oklahoma this season.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports more than 1,000 hospitalizations are attributed to influenza so far this flu season, which runs from September until May.

In the 2011-12 flu season, the state recorded 316 hospitalizations and nine deaths.

The health department said Tulsa County has recorded the highest number of deaths this season, eight. Oklahoma County reports five deaths, while Comanche County has four deaths.

Most of those who died were 65 or older. The department reports 27 of the 33 deaths were of seniors, and five deaths happened to people ages 19 to 64. One child also died.