The previous record of 110 deaths was recorded during the 2014-15 season.
It's late in the flu season, but it's never too late to take a flu vaccination, says Hickey.
The state Department of Public Health's weekly flu update released today shows that hospital and outpatient visits for the flu have decreased over the lasts several weeks.
At the end of January, the Naval Center Camp Lejeune reported an influx of patients in their emergency room with flu-like symptoms, causing extremely long lines. Getting the jab cannot only help you avoid getting the flu, it can lessen the severity if do catch it, and it can help reduce the spread to the people around you.
Public health officials warn that although flu activity is decreasing overall, the flu season is expected to continue through mid-April or later.
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The global system for manufacturing seasonal influenza vaccines was developed during the 1940s to respond to the natural evolution of influenza viruses. Unfortunately, given where we are today in the development process, that reality is still many years off.
The death toll of those infected by a new wave of influenza has continued to rise in the state of Oklahoma.
This particular strain of the virus tends to be more severe, especially for children and the elderly. "We work very closely with the Chinese and the countries that border China". "They are mixed, like a blended wine", Vincent Enouf of France's national influenza centre said of the yearly vaccine.
And the numbers support the lack of concern. The deaths were associated with H3N2, H1N1 and influenza B strains - "all of the different types of influenza are causing these deaths", Jernigan noted.
Despite the poor match of the vaccine to the most common strain of flu, the CDC is still urging people who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one, because the vaccine is more effective against other types of flu. Anyone at higher risk should see their doctors if they feel ill, the CDC recommends.