No swine flu deaths reported in Oklahoma last week
BY KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 03, 2009
12/03/09 at 10:29 AM
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No deaths from swine flu were reported in Oklahoma last week, and hospitalizations fell significantly as the novel H1N1 pandemic appears to be slowing in Oklahoma, according to a state health report released Thursday.
But state and local health officials say the novel flu virus is still circulating in the state and people shouldn't let down their guard.
"It's not unimaginable that there could be another wave," said Tulsa Health Department spokeswoman Melanie Christian.
Seventeen people were hospitalized due to complications from the swine flu in Oklahoma last week, down from 31 the previous week, the report said.
So far this year, 962 hospitalizations of Oklahomans have been associated with the novel H1N1 virus, the report said.
And 38 Oklahomans have died from complications of the swine flu virus this year.
Christian noted it isn't too late to be vaccinated against the novel H1N1 virus.
The Tulsa Health Department is holding a clinic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Tulsa Community College West campus, 7505 W. 41st St.
Also, the department is providing vaccine to pregnant women, all children and people with limited mobility at their three regional health centers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays.
The centers are located at:
- James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th East Ave.
- Central Regional Health Center, 315 S. Utica Ave.- ExpoSquareHealthCenter, 4616 E. 15th St.