OKLAHOMA CITY – Health officials have confirmed their first deaths in Oklahoma due to flu. Now, practitioners in medicine are wondering what this means for the flu season 2018-19.
"It hit it like a truck," said Edmond, resident Andrew Brooks, talking about his first appearance with the flu in over 20 years. "Deep congestion, sinus headache, lethargy, loss of appetite, cough".
Brooks is not alone. Hundreds of Oklahoma suffer from the flu virus.
The State Health Department confirms that Oklahoma's hospital hospitals and two have died.
"The loss of two people here in Oklahoma is already very interesting," said nurse Michelle Merrell.
Last year was the worst season of flu in the last 40 years in the United States. About 80,000 died of influenza in the whole country.
"Of course, we worry that we will have another really bad year, and then listening that two people have died, is very worrying," said Merrell.
The two confirmed deaths are over 65 years old.
Last year's flu has hit the young and the old hard.
Merrell said it is difficult to predict what he will bring in 2018.
"We never know what kind of stain we get, so it's hard to say if this is going to be a bad year," he said.
Now, Brooks is a member of the National Guard. He took the vaccine last month but still sick.
Medical officials still say to take the vaccine.
Remember to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay at home when you are stuck. That's the way Brooks said he was infected – his child's journey to a science museum.
"There is a handful of parents who took the flu, so we can all assume it was there," he said.
"The flu is extremely contagious. The best you can do is isolate yourself if you have it and wait until it's over," said Merrell.
Officials said if your symptoms do not go away in seven to 10 days, ask for medical attention.