Flu-related deaths reach 5 in Cuyahoga County


CITY -Although health officials are warning Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu, the number of deaths associated with the virus continues to rise. Four pediatric influenza deaths, however, have been reported in the state.

Three flu-related deaths were reported this week in Cuyahoga County, bringing to five the total number of flu-related deaths this season.

A child and an adult are Denton County's first flu deaths this season, officials said January 11.

According to the report, there were 2,070 confirmed flu cases reported last week throughout the county, down about 1,000 from a revised tally of 3,046 two weeks ago.

Flu cases have been widespread across the country and have been particularly prevalent in Texas.

The collaborative includes the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

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If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

A nurse draws a dose of flu vaccine.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May. Getting the flu can be serious.

Visit www.tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment.

Pour said the flu virus constantly changes and that it is not too late to get vaccinated.