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FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2001
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Flu Activity Still Sporadic in Oklahoma

State health officials report that flu activity is still “sporadic” in Oklahoma. Although some health facilities are seeing numerous persons seeking treatment for upper respiratory and “flu-like” illnesses, the state health department's influenza surveillance system continues to report sporadic laboratory-confirmed cases.

Health officials caution that the mild flu season could turn sour and Oklahoma could still see an increase in reported flu. Flu vaccine supplies are available so healthy adults and children 6 months of age and older can get the flu shot, as well as anyone at risk for complications from influenza. Persons at high risk include those over the age of 50, persons with chronic illnesses, pregnant women in their second or third trimester, and health care workers who provide care to at-risk patients.

Health officials also recommend pneumococcal vaccine for persons who are 65 years of age or older, or persons who have heart or lung problems or diabetes. This vaccine protects against pneumococcal pneumonia, the most common type of pneumonia resulting in hospitalizations, and is available at physicians' offices and county health departments.

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