CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

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The 893 new cases bring the season total to 6,674 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases for the 2017-2018 season, the highest number of confirmed cases since record-keeping began in the 2004-2005 season.

"We have seen the numbers go up and down in the past", Deti said. The latest data indicates 2,256 reported cases this season.

PHOENIX - This year's flu season has been one of the worst in modern day history - and it is not over yet.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost.

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DE public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 28, tying the record death total from three years ago.

While the Influenza B virus can be better for some people because the vaccine is more effective, Simpson said the virus is more unsafe for men over the age of 50 because it is associated with an onset of heart attacks.

Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons.

For the last two weeks, outpatient visits for flu have steadily declined, signaling that the end of the flu season may be near, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The Garvin County Health Department is still encouraging folks to get a flu shot, which right now is being offered at no cost to recipients.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Garvin County Health Department at 405-238-7346, for clinic times and further information.

After months of record-breaking widespread illness, CDC officials sad Monday that flu season has finally peaked.

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