"While these numbers are encouraging, I continue to urge anyone who hasn't yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones", said state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.
Data released Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health indicates that the type A strain of flu peaked in January but that type B is being seen more now.
A study of the impact of prior flu vaccination on effectiveness in the current season in Japanese schoolchildren found a significant association between reduced vaccine effectiveness (VE) against medically attended flu and repeated vaccination.
In February 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 97 influenza-related pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 influenza season, an alarmingly high number compared with recent years.
While cases may be down, flu remains widespread, and health providers in the coalition are remaining vigilant.
Tulsa County had 42 deaths and 1,098 hospitalizations as of Tuesday, the state health department said.
In the past week, 34 more people died from the flu, bringing the total number in SC this season to 201. Of the victims, 91 were age 65 or older, 12 were ages 50 to 64, and five were ages 25 to 49.
Mission Health asks patients' family and friends to limit their hospital visits and that visitors younger than 12 and those who do not feel well to call patients rather than visit them in the hospital. It was the first time the guidelines had been put in place since 2009, in response to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Cell-based and recombinant vaccine production can also be completed more quickly than egg-based production, which can provide more effective seasonal influenza vaccine, according to the company.
The flu season typically peaks around the end of one calendar year and the beginning of the next, Cabaj said. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever.