Flu season at its peak, shots are encouraged

Jan 21, 2017, 00:27
Flu season at its peak, shots are encouraged

The latest death was reported in Tulsa County, of a person was age 65 or older. After the vaccine is administered, it can take two to three weeks for antibodies to develop.

"Influenza vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent the flu, except for infants younger than 6 months old who aren't eligible to receive it", said Sietske de Fijter, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases and state epidemiologist for the ODH. A fourth death occurred earlier in Rogers County.

One more flu-related death was reported on Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. "I'm expecting now to see some severe cases", he said. "In the last two weeks or so, it's been about eight or nine cases reported, which means we've gotten majority within that time".

Jennifer King, public information officer and risk communicator with the North Georgia Health District, encourages everyone to get a flu shot.

Officials say a total of 311 people have been hospitalized or died from the flu since September 1st, 2016.

Dr. Frank also reiterated some of the common methods for combating spreading or catching the flu virus.

Flu vaccines are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

"We anticipate there will be good efficacy this year", he said.

Syringes filled with flu vaccine sit on a table during a drive-thru flu shot clinic at Doctors Medical Center on November 6, 2014 in San Pablo, California.

"We're really encouraging everyone who can to get a flu shot, especially if you're around children, to help protect them", she said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get injectable flu shots. "More than 200,000 people will be hospitalized, and in an average year, more than 10,000 to 20,0000 people will die".