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First pediatric flu related death in Oklahoma reported.


According to the The Oklahoma State Health Department  the state’s first pediatric flu-related death has been reported, the Health Department confirmed Thursday morning.

Health officials said the child was between the ages of 5-18.

The latest flu report indicates record-breaking numbers with 3,440 flu-associated hospitalizations, and 153 deaths, according to the health department.

These numbers surpass any other flu season since the department began tracking in 2009. Kay County has had a total of 31 hospitalizations.

Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.

A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn’t been immunized.