Within the last two weeks, the total number of individuals in the state who have died from the flu has risen from 194 to 226, according to a weekly report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
While the increased numbers aren't overly concerning to health officials, Strang said it could be due to an unusual mix of flu strains.
So far this winter, 112 deaths have been attributed to the flu.
A woman in her 60s, with underlying medical conditions, also died as a result of complications related to the flu. "Getting vaccinated is the No. 1 way to combat this contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization - and even death", a prepared statement said.
The Washington Post reported that this flu season has sent more people to the hospital with the illness than any other season in almost a decade.
Influenza remains high and widespread in MA, as in much of the country, but has dropped by more than 2 percent across the state in the last week. Majority of deaths have been seen in ages 65 and older.
He explained that for a pandemic to happen, there needs to be a "dramatic shift" in the flu virus - something we can expect to see roughly every 20 to 40 years.
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Experts identify the strains most likely to infect people a year ahead of time, meaning unexpected strains can come out of the woodwork and cause chaos.
"Flu season isn't over, and you should protect yourself", Elizabeth Webster, M.D., director of the Hampton and Peninsula health districts said in a news release.
The most recent national statistics show CT is among 45 states where flu is considered widespread this year.
At the end of January, the Naval Center Camp Lejeune reported an influx of patients in their emergency room with flu-like symptoms, causing extremely long lines.
"If you still have not had your flu shot this season, go get one because the flu will stick around for the next several weeks", he said.
Over 1.21 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered to Albertans. To avoid giving the flu to others, stay home when you are sick, cough or sneeze into tissues and discard them properly, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an approved hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. "And children are being affected more than adults".
"What we are seeing different this year is a mix of influenza A and B at the same time", he said.