- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has taken the lives of two people in the state.

Health officials said Thursday the flu-related deaths are the first recorded during the flu season that began on Sept. 28. One was a resident of Carter County and the other a resident of Oklahoma County.

A record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season. The previous record of 46 deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season, when the state began tracking the statistic.

Officials say a total of 94 persons have been hospitalized with the flu, including 31 who have been hospitalized or died within the past week.

Health officials say the best way to protect against flu and its consequences is to get the flu vaccine.

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