Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season


Burton said for people age 65 and older, there is a high-dose vaccine. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

Some 100 years removed, there's no memory of the 1918 H1N1 "Spanish Flu" pandemic that claimed 100 million people worldwide and roughly 600,000 in the U.S. However, some of us do remember the 1957 H2N2 "Asian flu" that killed roughly 70,000 nationwide and the 1968 H3N2 "Honk Kong flu" pandemic that claimed upwards 34,000 people in the U.S.

A press release by MCMC stated that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Opponents say the potential for complications does not make the risk worthwhile.

Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

For more tips on preventing the spread of the flu goes to the DPHHS website.

Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In young children gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea can also occur, and can lead to some children needing admission to hospital, which can be a frightening experience for the child and the parents.

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"The flu is considered contagious". Limiting the spread of flu helps the entire community, including employers.

Some schools in Unit 5 are reporting more children out sick than usual for this time of year. "Get your flu shot and get protected".

Anderson also states that getting the vaccine not only helps the individual, but can help keep others healthy as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone over the age of six months get an influenza vaccine before the holidays.

The increase has prompted DPHHS to encourage people to take precautions to protect themselves as they travel over the Christmas holiday.

That's the way health officials measure the severity of flu season.

For a list of locations, visit or call 211.