As the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health advises it is not too late to get the flu shot this season.
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OSDH reports a total of 22 deaths and more than 1,000 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September.
Mercy Hospital Ada officials confirmed Friday the facility is experiencing a high volume of patients — in both admissions and the emergency room.
Flu and flu-like symptoms are on the upswing locally with patients keeping Muskogee area health care providers busy.
Take it from the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus: Prevention is better than the cure.
Researchers studying the flu vaccine in pregnancy have found a hint of a possible link between miscarriage early in pregnancy and the flu vaccine in women who received a certain version of the vaccine two years in a row.
No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season. It requires the coordination of multiple health centers around the globe as the virus travels from region to region. Once epidemiologists settle on target flu strains, vaccine production shifts into high gear; it takes approximately six months to generate the more than 150 million injectible doses necessary for the American population.