The department says a late peak in the 2016 flu season, which carried over to the summer, has partly contributed to the steep increase. In the week ending February 18, the CDC's weekly FluView report noted that the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness was 4.8%, down from the previous week's rate of 5.2%. Oklahoma remains in a "widespread" flu activity category.
Health officials are also encouraging people to get the flu vaccine if they haven't, to wash their hands and stay away from others who may be showing flu-like symptoms.
"The flu virus can be extremely risky to people who have compromised immune systems, cancer, kidney disease and other chronic conditions", said Dr. David Priest, medical director for infection prevention at Novant Health.
Kathy Wakefield, director of nursing for the Ross County Health District, stresses that parents need to be smart about keeping children showing signs of flu-like illness home from school rather than run the risk of spreading it to other kids.
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If you think you've escaped the flu this year, think again.
Comanche County has had 37 hospitalizations and zero flu deaths so far this year.
Results showed that people who received the high-dose vaccine were 36 percent less likely to die in the 30 days following hospitalization or emergency room visit for the flu in 2012 to 2013 than those who received the standard-dose vaccine. RVNA continues to provide flu shots at 27 Governor Street during normal business hours.