OKLAHOMA CITY – Health warden has confirmed the first deaths in Oklahoma because of the flu. Now, medical staff wonder what it means for the flu season 2018-19.
“This hit me like a truck,” says Edmond resident Andrew Brooks, talking about his first redemption of flu for over 20 years. “Deep congestion, sinus headache, drowsiness, loss of appetite, cough.”
Brooks is not alone. Hundreds of Oklahomans now suffer from the influenza virus.
The State Health Department confirms that 56 Oklahomans have been hospitalized and two have died.
“Losing two people here in Oklahoma, there is already much left about,” says Nurse Michelle Merrell
Last year was the worst flu season in the last 40 years in the United States. Nearly 80,000 died of flu throughout the country.
“We’re obviously concerned that we’re going to have another really bad year and then the two people heard losing their lives, that’s a lot,” Merrell said.
The two confirmed deaths are both over 65 years.
Last year’s flu hit the young and the old hard.
Merrell said it’s hard to predict what 201
8 will bring.
“We never know what kind of spot we will get, so it’s hard to say if this will be a bad year,” she said.
Now Brooks is part of the National Guard. He received the vaccine last month but was still ill.
Medical officials still say to get the vaccine.
Remember to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and staying at home when you’re sticking. Thus Brooks said he was infected – on his child’s field trip to a science museum.
“There are a handful of parents who have flu, so we can all assume it was there,” he said.
Influenza is extremely contagious. The best thing you can do is to sequestrate yourself if you have it and wait until it passes, “says Merrell.
Officials said if your symptoms do not go away for seven 10 days, to seek medical attention.