With high flu activity likely to continue in Oklahoma for several weeks, Gov. Mary Fallin today urged residents to take health precautions and reminded those who haven’t yet done so to receive their flu vaccination.

So far this flu season, 33 Oklahomans – up from 25 a week ago - have died from the flu, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health. 

The agency also reported that 975 have been hospitalized since the flu season began in late September.

“There are simple, immediate steps we all can take to prevent the flu from spreading,” said Fallin. “We should all be washing our hands and staying home if feeling sick. And for those who haven’t done so it’s not too late to get the flu vaccination.”

Health Commissioner Terry Cline, who also serves as secretary of health and human services on Fallin’s Cabinet, said flu can be a very serious disease for anyone, including healthy young adults.

“Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and reduces the chance of spreading flu to persons who have not been vaccinated, including babies too young to receive a vaccination,” Cline said. 

“This year’s vaccine is generally well-matched to the circulating strain. Many local county health departments, pharmacies and health care providers still have vaccine.”

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