Weekly flu cases decrease for first time this season

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Complicating local treatment of the flu has been sporadic shortages of Tamiflu at local pharmacies and hospitals, especially the liquid version, and the generic antiviral equivalent.

129 Oklahomans have died since September. "This year has shown a heightened flu season across the board".

With more than 5,000 cases of flu reported last week alone, MI has so far recorded 18,358 cases of influenza in the first five weeks of 2018, Gongwer News Service reported.

However, the Department of Health reported it's too soon to tell if the season is peaking.

Dr. Emily Grewe-Nelson said you need "rest, fluids, lots of both of those".

Treague explained that there are two main viruses associated with the flu, type A and type B. It spread through droplets of moisture that go from person to person when they sneeze, cough, or talk.

23 are from Tulsa County alone. They usually appear 1 to 3 days after being infected with most people recovering within a week.

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"Howard County is listed as a severe region for flu activity and has reported the highest flu count in our division this week." said Shan Roberson, Scenic Mountain Medical Center Infection Control Preventionist.

Those complications can even put you in the hospital.

Despite the inefficiency of the flu vaccine, the CDC is still urging people to get vaccinated, as it can still lessen the chance of catching the virus by 10% to 60%, potentially saving lives.

Hoyen said the flu shot is still your best bet.

The CDC said doctors have never seen this many patients come to the emergency room with the flu.

For the season, there have been 97 elderly deaths, 34 from ages 50 to 64, five from ages 25 to 49, three from ages 5 to 17 and one from birth to age 4.

It's obvious but so important that if you start getting sick to stay away from large groups of people and stay home from work while you're contagious.

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