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Opinion

March 22, 2014

The flu remains

NORMAN — The warmer, spring temperatures usually mean the end of the flu season. Not exactly, says the national Centers for Disease Control.

The state Health Department reported this week that five more Oklahomans have died of complications related to the flu. That makes 58 for the year.

Oklahoma is one of 12 states that has flu activity in a large portion of the state. Public health officials still recommend flu shots, especially in areas where there is flu activity.

Statewide, nearly 1,300 Oklahomans have been hospitalized. Flu season generally peaks in January and February but cases have been reported as late as May.

Cleveland County counts three flu deaths so far this year.

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