Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

A total of 563 cases were reported last week, more than double the 227 cases in the previous week, county officials said.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

"Most of the increase came around Thanksgiving", Burton said.

Flu can be very contagious.

An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older.

There were two recent flu-related deaths in McLean County, said Coroner Kathy Davis. Although flu is starting to circulate, cases remain at a low level.

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The 73-year-old and 80-year-old Dallas residents after complications from the seasonal flu. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask". Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments. If you're sick, stay home.

Many Arkansans will be getting something they didn't really ask for this Christmas - the flu. Flu season usually lasts through early summer. The flu virus can spread a day before symptoms develop, and five to seven days after becoming sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.

"People with underlying chronic conditions may be more susceptible to the flu, so it is especially important for them to be immunized", she said.

Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks.

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