Oklahoma health officials report 4 new hospitalizations due to influenza, no deaths thus far



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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports four new hospitalizations due to the flu this season.

The department said Wednesday that 24 people have now been hospitalized this season, which began Sept. 28.

The department says there have been no deaths due to the flu thus far, after a record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season. The previous record of 46 deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season — the year the state began tracking the statistic.

Six of those hospitalized were in Adair County in eastern Oklahoma and six were hospitalized in Oklahoma County. Three hospitalizations were reported in Tulsa County. Other hospitalizations were in Blaine, Custer, Greer, Jefferson, Lincoln, Marshall, Mayes Payne and Stephens counties.

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