CLEVELAND- Three flu-related deaths have been reported in Cuyahoga County this week, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
Seven more flu deaths were recorded in Tulsa County since the start of this season, as hospitalizations continue to far surpass the numbers seen last flu season.
According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.
Two new deaths involve two adults between 75 and 84 years old.
Tulsa County now leads the state in the number of deaths and hospitalizations from flu.
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The flu outbreak has also forced at least 11 school districts in Texas and Oklahoma to shut down, including two in North Texas.
Individuals who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are urged to contact their physician or visit an urgent care facility to keep emergency rooms available for people who are critically ill.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches.
The flu season typically lasts from October through May. Getting the flu can be serious.
The Health Division recommends everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza vaccination and take preventive actions.