Oklahoma health officials say 11 more deaths due to flu

KSN News (file)
KSN News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of 11 people during the past week.

Health officials reported Thursday 58 Oklahomans have died due to flu-related illness since the flu season began Sept. 28. About 1,400 others have been hospitalized, including 116 during the past week.

Forty-three of the flu victims were 65 or older while eight were in the 50-64 age group, two were aged 18-49 and three were 5-17. Two victims have been younger than 4.

Tulsa County has recorded the most deaths with 12, followed by Oklahoma and Garfield counties with five.

A record 61 people died in the state during the last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.

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