McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Homepage

January 25, 2013

FLU:

The flu claims second victim in Pittburg County

McALESTER — A second Pittsburg County resident has died from the flu — prompting a renewed plea from health officials for those who have not already received an influenza vaccination to get one.

The second Pittsburg County resident to die from influenza during the current flu season has been publicly identified by health officials only as an adult female over the age of 65.

“Certainly, we want to say we’re very sad to learn of this person’s death,” said Pittsburg County Health Department Administrator Mike Echelle. “Our sympathies go out to the family.”

The death of a Pittsburg County man from influenza had been reported earlier in the flu season.

Reports of the latest death came as the Pittsburg County Health Department received additional supplies of influenza vaccinations.

“We want to encourage individuals to get a flu shot,” Echelle said. “The best way to protect yourself is by getting a flu shot.”

“The Pittsburg County Health Department has vaccines available for adults and children” Echelle said, noting that additional doses of the vaccine arrived at the health department this week.

“We received an additional 250 vaccines for adults; 32 high-dose vaccines for individuals 65 and older, and 160 vaccines for children,” Echelle said.

The Pittsburg County Health Department at 1400 E. College Ave. is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

No charge for a flu vaccination at the health department is in place for individuals 65 and older, those on Medicaid, including Sooner Care: Health Choice, or the Oklahoma Public Employees Health and Welfare network, according to Echelle.

Others may also qualify for no out-of-pocket expenses, based on a sliding scale, or may use their insurance. For those who do have to pay, the cost is  $25.

The latest Pittsburg County death is among 14 influenza- associated deaths confirmed to have occurred statewide during the current flu season, which health officials marked as beginning Sept. 30, 2012.

Other counties reporting influenza-related deaths during the current flu season include Cleveland, Canadian, Creek, Mayes, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Rogers counties.

Echelle advised frequent hand-washing with soap and covering one’s mouth and nose by coughing into the bend of the arm as ways to help prevent the spread of influenza.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
4 20 HolyWeekSun 1.jpg

David N. Manning gives a a blast on a shofar, made from a ram’s horn and used as a call to worship, during the sixth and last of the Men’s Holy Week Breakfasts, served Saturday. April 19, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in McAlester, Okla.

Local Sports
4-22-EGG-HUNT-1.jpg

Features
7-10-ducks.jpg

A black-bellied whistling duck walks her ducklings across a street near Main Street Friday.

State news
Area crime and courts
Poll

What team is your favorite Oklahoma college football team?

OU (University of Oklahoma)
OSU (Oklahoma State University)
     View Results
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
SmugMug