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Oklahoma Flu Concerns
Eight Oklahomans have died, and over 350 have been hospitalized because of the flu.
That's according to a recent report from the Oklahoma Health Department.
The Department says the state is experiencing and early flu season, which usually peaks in mid-February.
"The flu is very unpredictable so we sort of have to see how the season unfolds" says Dr. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist.
She says the state always has to be prepared to deal with the season, because they cannot predict how many people will come down with the illness.
However, Bradley says there are two factors that determine the severity of a flu season.
"How well the strain that's circulating matches the seasonal influenza vaccine plays a role and then also which strain of influenza virus is the primary one causing illness" says Bradley.
Dr. Brett Cauthen works at Today Clinic in Oklahoma City and says the clinic has seen a big increase in patients seeking treatment and prevention for the flu.
"We've certainly seen a lot of cases come into the clinic recently" says Cauthen.
He says so many patients have gotten the flu shot, his clinic is running low on the vaccine.
Cauthen says they will get a new shipment next week, but says several other clinics in the metro are running low.
The Oklahoma County Health Department says they are also stocked with vaccinations.
Posted: Friday, January 11 2013, 09:31 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Wife guilty in Nichols Hills fire chief slaying
May 22, 2013 00:24 GMT
EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- A jury in El Reno has convicted Rebecca Bryan of the murder of her husband, Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, and recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Jurors reached the Tuesday verdict after about four hours of deliberation.
The 54-year-old Bryan claimed an intruder had shot her husband, though police found her Ruger pistol in a clothes dryer in their home after the shooting.
The gun was matched to the bullet used to shoot Keith Bryan in 2011 at the couple's Mustang home. Police also found a spent shell casing and a left-handed rubber glove wrapped in a bullet-riddled blanket.
The Oklahoman reports (http://is.gd/mvC6Mi ) Bryan didn't display her emotions when the verdict was read. Her lawyer gave her a hug and told her he was sorry.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
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