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The Morning Brew: How bad is the flu in Oklahoma, rest of the U.S.?

This year's flu season is 

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Flu season is nobody's idea of a good time. If your office, classroom or work site is a little less crowded these days or sounds a bit like a tuberculosis ward, it's probably because the influenza contagion is now in full effect. 

And by full effect, we mean everywhere. 

Most recently in Oklahoma, Bray-Doyle Schools closed its doors for two days this week because of widespread flu at the tiny district east of Lawton. 

How much worse is the flu this time around? Here is the CDC flu map for roughly the same time in January 2017:

Flue activity in January 2017.&nbsp;
Flue activity in January 2017.&nbsp;

And here's where things stand now: 

Flu activity January 2018.
Flu activity January 2018.

Outside of Guam, Hawaii and Washington D.C. the flu is considered widespread by the CDC. As far as Oklahoma, the state has reported 288 cases of flu that resulted in hospitalization since Jan. 10, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health data. 

Experts consider this year's flu season the worst in at least a decade in part because the most common vaccine administered this year hasn't shown effectiveness against the most dominant strain. 


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