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Oklahoma State Health Department reports 3 lab-confirmed flu cases

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._The Oklahoma State Department of Health has reported the first three laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza for the 2015-2016 season.

All three of the cases were influenza A H3. Two of the cases came from patients in Tulsa County and one patient from Oklahoma County. There have not been any reports of flu-related deaths this season. However, the health department says surveillance shows influenza-like illnesses are elevated in Tulsa County.

Adults and children can be sick with the flu for a week or more. The flu can be a serious illness and often comes with the symptoms of: fever, headache, extreme fatigue and body aches. People with underlying health conditions, like asthma or diabetes, may become sick enough to be hospitalized.

Last season, a record 114 people died from the flu and around 2,200 people were hospitalized.

Health officials say getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu and its consequences.

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