OSDH reports first flu death of the season

OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it has recorded the first flu death in Oklahoma of the season.

OSDH says it happened in Tulsa County. The patient was 65 years old or older.

While the flu season is just beginning, there have been 53 hospitalizations due to the flu statewide. Those age 50 and older are being hospitalized at the highest rate.

Health experts say the single best way to protect against the flu is to get the flu vaccine, which all county health departments in the state are providing at no out-of-pocket-costs.

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with long-term medical conditions are at a greater risk of flu-related complications. OSDH recommends contacting a health care provider as soon as they develop symptoms.