One dies in Oklahoma from H1N1 last week
BY SARA PLUMMER World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Related link: Read more about the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, here.
One person in Oklahoma died from novel H1N1, or swine flu, last week, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Thirty-six people have died from swine flu in Oklahoma, including a Garfield County man last week, according to the health department.
The state health department took away a previously reported swine flu death in Kiowa County because it wasn't a laboratory-confirmed case.
A Kay County man died from swine flu prior to Sept. 1 when the state health department began tracking swine flu in Oklahoma. That bring the total deaths to 37.
There were only 21 people hospitalized for flu-related illnesses last week, a sharp decrease from the peak in mid-October when more than 100 people were hospitalized.
October was also the peak for swine flu deaths. Ten people died the week ending on Oct. 24.
Health officials are still urging people to get swine flu and seasonal flu vaccinations.
The next H1N1 vaccination clinic for Tulsa County residents is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
Pregnant women, children, people over 64 and those with limited mobility can get the H1N1 vaccine at three of the Tulsa City-County regional health centers from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays.
The center are: James O Goodwin Health Center at 5051 S. 129th East Ave.; Central Regional Health Center at 315 S. Utica Ave.; and Expo Square Health Center at 616 E. 15th St.
County health departments throughout the state also received the last shipment of seasonal flu vaccines this week.