OK (KSWO)- The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed the first two deaths caused by the flu in the state this season. Both deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65.
There have been 105 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported statewide so far. That is relatively high for this time of year. Public health officials are concerned about a high risk of spreading.
People older than 50 years of age and children younger than 5 have the highest rates of complications and hospitalizations.
According to OSDH, the single best way to protect against flu and its consequences is to get the flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the vaccine.