Oklahoma health officials report 4 new deaths due to flu, 6 have now died in current season



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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Health is reporting four more deaths due to influenza in the state.

The department said Thursday that six people have now died as a result of the flu during the season that began Sept. 28. Each person who died was 65-years-old or older.

Two of the deaths were reported in Garfield County and one each in Carter, Oklahoma, Payne, and Stephens counties.

Nearly 140 people have also been hospitalized due to the flu.

A record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths recorded in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.

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