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January 27, 2013

Flu season is still upon us

NORMAN — Businesses, schools and churches are taking precautions to slow the spread of flu. It’s too early to tell whether the flu season has peaked, but as of last week, 14 Oklahomans have died from flu-related complications.

That’s up from the 2011-12 flu season when 10 Oklahomans died. A year before that, 26 state residents died. Most are older residents with underlying health conditions.

Flu activity remains high across the U.S. and shots are still recommended. Locally, the health department has used its allocation of adult flu shots, but they remain available at several local pharmacies and health care providers.

Besides hand washing, covering your coughs and avoiding sick people, the best advice seems to be stay home if you are sick. It does no one any good to go to work or school and spread germs around.

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