The Oklahoma State Department of Health Acute Disease Service announced the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma Thursday, Oct 23. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident who is under the age of five; the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident who is also under the age of five and was hospitalized for influenza.
According to the ADS, the percentage of influenza-like illness among outpatients remains low. Although it is early in the season, lab confirmation of flu indicates sporadic cases are occurring in the state. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.