Tuesday , April 20 2021

2 deaths due to influenza confirmed in Oklahoma



Oklahoma City – Health officials confirmed the first deaths in Oklahoma due to flu. Now, medical professionals are wondering what that means for the 2018-19 flu season.

"This one hit me like a truck," said resident Edmund Andrew Brooks, speaking of his first run with influenza in more than 20 years. "Deep load, sinus headache, lethargy, loss of appetite, cough."

Brooks is not alone. Hundreds of Oklahomaans now suffer from the flu virus.

The State Health Department confirms 56 Oklahomaans hospitalized and two died.

"The loss of two people here in Oklahoma is very worrying," said nurse Michelle Merle.

Last year was the worst flu season in the last 40 years in the US Nearly 80,000 people died from flu across the country.

"Of course, we're afraid we'll have another very bad year, and then, when we heard that two people lost their lives, that's very important," said Merle.

The two confirmed deaths are over the age of 65.

The flu last year hit young people and old people.

Merle said it was hard to predict what he would bring.

"We never know what kind of stain we're going to get, so it's hard to tell if it's going to be a bad year," she said.

Now, Brooks is part of the National Guard. He received the vaccine last month, but still fell ill.

Medical officials are still saying to receive the vaccine.

Remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to stay indoors when you stick. Brooks said he was infected – on his childhood journey to a science museum.

"There are a handful of parents who got the flu, so we can all assume it was there," he said.

"Flu is the most contagious, the best thing you can do is crush yourself if you have it just wait until it passes," said Merle.

Officials said, if your symptoms do not disappear within seven days, seek medical attention.

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