83-year-old is Dallas County's 8th flu death this season

Oklahoma Health Department's Jamie Dukes says the great majority of those hospitalized are in the elderly population, age 65 and up.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department recommends flu vaccinations and hand hygiene to avoid the dangers of the flu. Circulating viruses include H3N2, H1N1, and B which are all contained in this year's flu vaccine.

The number of flu deaths increased by 11 in the last week, which is higher than weeks past. No pediatric deaths have been reported this season.

"Schools are being proactive with extra cleaning, wiping down desks daily, and at least one school has brought on extra custodial staff to disinfect lockers, doorknobs and other surfaces", Long said.




The county says while children under six months old can not get a flu shot, there are other ways to protect them. Stay home and go to a physician right away if symptoms persist.

The Halifax County Health Department says the infant died from complications associated with the flu, but wouldn't release any more details because of privacy concerns.

In the 2013 to 2014 flu season, H1N1 was the dominate virus at the time, the standard-dose vaccine had better effectiveness than the previous season. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. According to a weekly map published by the CDC tracking flu activity across the country, only six states carry less than a "widespread" designation - the most significant category on the map.

Colorado moved from regional activity to widespread.

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