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228 flu deaths recorded across Oklahoma with 42 fatalities in Tulsa County

09 March 2018, 07:48 | Melissa Porter

228 flu deaths recorded across Oklahoma with 42 fatalities in Tulsa County

Twice a year every year the UN's World Health Organization bets on the flu—which virus types are likely to dominate in

Since the flu was declared prevalent in NY state in December, almost 108,000 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported, with more than 19,300 hospitalizations.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. That total is down nearly 4,500 from the previous week.

Cell-based and recombinant vaccine production can also be completed more quickly than egg-based production, which can provide more effective seasonal influenza vaccine, according to the company. Approximately 61 cases were confirmed in Georgetown County.

Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed.

After three months of relative calm, approximately 4,359 new cases were confirmed in Horry County by DHEC between January 7 and February 3.

Tulsa County had 42 deaths and 1,098 hospitalizations as of Tuesday, the state health department said.

The study, which spanned 13 countries in Europe, Central America, and Asia, was conducted during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 flu seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and 2012 to 2014 flu seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.

On a statewide basis, there has been 123,812 instances of the flu since the beginning of October.

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.

The findings come as experts in the United States and other countries are trying to untangle the reasons for a drop in effectiveness against the H3N2 strain over the past few seasons, some of which is likely related to egg-mediated mutations in the vaccine production process.

"Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last four weeks, but at 8.8%, remain well above the baseline level of 5% statewide", health officials said in a press release.

DHEC and those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ask all to get vaccinated.

- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs such as the flu.

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